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The Importance of Teaching Your Child That Sometimes it’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Another early morning. Another pair of grey-socked feet slipped into polished shoes. Another packed lunch tossed into the waiting backpack. Another normal school day. My son took up his post in the window to watch for the bus while I finished tying up my daughter's hair. She was right there with me, but somehow, that morning, I felt that she … Continue reading The Importance of Teaching Your Child That Sometimes it’s Okay to Not Be Okay

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The Day His PTSD Once Again Broke Free

A letter arrived last week. Official ambulance correspondence. Addressed to my husband, but in my role of anticipating triggers, this was mine to open. From that crisp envelope, I pulled out a commendation letter for my husband. Commendation letters are those sent to unknown paramedics from grateful patients or their family. Heartfelt words expressing their deepest gratitude to the paramedics who … Continue reading The Day His PTSD Once Again Broke Free

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I Couldn’t Heal My Husband’s PTSD, but I’ve Found 10 Ways to Heal Myself

"You really need to look after yourself," they all tell me, time and again. "Just take some time on your own. Or maybe get a babysitter and have a night out together." Stop pestering me, I answer in my mind, fighting back the tears yet again, do you really think I don't know I need a break? It's just … Continue reading I Couldn’t Heal My Husband’s PTSD, but I’ve Found 10 Ways to Heal Myself