All the signs were there. I just wasn't aware that someone other than soldiers experiencing active combat could suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSD. Upon learning of my struggle I discovered that anyone experiencing a traumatic event can suffer from PTSD.
Now, I must make this very clear, that I am not a licensed counselor. I am however someone who suffers from PTSD. What I share with you is only my journey, experiences, and assistance I've received in managing my own PTSD. If this is of encouragement to someone than it is well worth my time I am putting into these blogs. My suffering lasted more than a decade before, with the help of others; I started to get a handle on it.
My PTSD signs:
Finally, October of 2013 I reached out to a pastor friend Randy in Andover, Minnesota. After listening intently he said, "Don, you need someone to help you through this." Well, not possessing insurance this was an impossibility. But, Randy replied, "Our church will pay for you to get the help you need." I started meeting weekly with Tom a licensed therapist and the road to recovery began. More to come.
Don spent twenty-two years with his wife, Kathy, serving orphan children and HIV-AIDS families in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Towards the last few years in South Africa, close friends and family noticed he was struggling with something. No one was quite sure. So, with a return to the United States Don thought a change was all he needed.