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Lessons learned from a PTSD Survivor

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I remember the first time we met.
You taught me a lesson I won't soon forget.

You showed me that I was not alone
in my battle with PTSD and showed it was a fight that could be won.

But you also said that it wasn't something that could be done by myself.
For when battling such demons, we all need some help.

When we first met, I thought I was losing my mind.
For answers to my questions, I could not find.

I wondered why this was happening to me.
What did I do to develop PTSD?

You showed me that it wasn't my fault.
For my feelings and compassion, I could not halt.

You told me that I just cared for my patients too much.
And when you care about people, you are bound to be touched.

You have taught me a lot in this short little time.
But most of all that true friends aren't hard to find.

All you have to do is be willing
to let them in and help with your healing.

But I still often wonder why you care so,
for someone you really don't know.

You always give me the very same answer,
to help me is what you are here for.

And that someone once helped you in the very same way,
and you feel like it is something that you must repay.

I am still scared of what I will have to face in the future,
but now I am willing to learn to deal with it and not look for a "cure."

I don't know if you realize how much I care about you.
For when it comes to friends, no one is better than you.

I just wish that everyone that is battling PTSD was as lucky as me.
To have found someone that wants to help them willingly.

But I guess the main thing that I have learned from you:
Is to always be willing to help someone when they are feeling blue.

For the best thing that you can tell someone that is battling PTSD,
is that they are not alone, and never will be.

For as long as I continue to live.
My help to others like me I will always give.

This is for everyone that was there for me when I thought that the world was stacked against me. For always believing in me and pushing me to do what they knew to be the best. Even when all I did was fight them at every turn. For making sure that I got the help that I so desperately needed to start to get my life back in order. Without these dear friends, I honestly don't know where I would be today. They are my saving angels. I truly believe that I owe my life to every one of them. I love you all dearly. You will always have a special place in my heart. Most of my friends and family have had a hard time believing that these people have my best interest at heart. But I knew they did from the very first time that I talked to every one of them, even though I had never met them face to face. You see, these angels that I have mentioned, I met online. I felt alone........and these "strangers" took me in like I was a member of their family. As a matter of fact...........I am a family member. I am a member of a very large you all are. The EMS, FIRE, and POLICE family, and for that I will always be grateful. I was just so amazed that people that I didn't know and who lived across the country from me, cared about me and wanted to help me.......all because they knew what I was going thru, as where my family did not. I finally realized that I was not alone.


Written by Debbie

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***Webmaster Note***

We are ALL Family within the Emergency Services, If you are suffering
from PTSD, Please seek to talk with Someone about it. Seek HELP right away.
Don't deal with it alone.
You to Can Survive from PTSD, by seeking HELP.
I Have, and now so has a VERY Close, Dear & Special Friend,
whom has written this poem has also.

This Poem along with "Jasmin & All Alone" MAY NOT be used without written consent to the Webmaster of this site.

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Dave Lightner FF/EMT.
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