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    Why Us? Because Suicide, Depression and Addiction Aren’t Selective…

      Last week was a highlight for me. It marked a milestone for a journey that I hadn’t asked to be on. In fact it was a military mental health nightmare that I’m happy to wake up from. I’ve written about my son’s suicide attempts, addiction to prescription meds and alcohol and his struggles with PTSD, Depression and Anxiety. But until last week I hadn’t seen the “reason” behind our families experience. I couldn’t get past the why us. Why Us? Why did we have to almost lose our son to understand that military life (and life in general)  had become too much for him to handle. Why our son, our…

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    Military Life: Are you a Reactor?

    Have you ever noticed that sometimes in our desire to hold down the fort, we become our own worst enemy?  I know that all too often, my reaction to military life can rile up the nest faster than anything else. It doesn’t matter if it’s a last minute change in flight times, postponed orders, or a misplaced travel voucher that puts me over the edge, it’s my reaction that determines how we deal with it. I’m the one my family turns to for guidance and strength and  how I react makes all the difference in the world. If I am calm our world is calm, but if I react in a “mom has lost it”…

  • All posts,  Emotional Wellness

    Are you a Reactor?

    Have you ever noticed that sometimes in our desire to hold down the fort, we become our own worst enemy?  I know that all too often, my reaction to military life can rile up the nest faster than anything else. It doesn’t matter if it’s a last minute change in flight times, postponed orders, or a misplaced travel voucher that puts me over the edge, it’s my reaction that determines how we deal with it. I’m the one my family turns to for guidance and strength and  how I react makes all the difference in the world. If I am calm our world is calm, but if I react in a “mom has lost it”…