thoughts  &  notes

May 9, 2018

How does PTSD affect you and your family, for those of us that struggle or have been diagnosed with PTSD the effects on you and your family can destroy both. PTSD is real and nobody asked for what has happened to us, for our families they can suffer just as much as we...

May 9, 2018

A couple of weeks ago on a weekend I experienced some triggers had nightmares and flashbacks, I contacted the North Carolina Firefighter Peer Support that a very good friend of mine recommended, upon calling I spoke with Dena Ali the co-founder of the group and told he...

November 12, 2017


SAFE (Safe Affirm First Responders Empowerment)

I have served for over 30 years in emergency services caring for people putting out fires responding to various emergency calls been involved in man made and natural disasters. With that being said I hav...

October 26, 2017

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"I have only one ambition in life and that is to be a firefighter, Edward Coaker, Fire Chief FDNY 1913"

The events of July 18, 2015 changed my life for ever, I have struggled with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder for many years I was diagno...

June 17, 2017

Tomorrow is fathers day if you have the chance call or go see him life is short and precious, if not, remember the good times as I will be doing. As I look back on the past several weeks a lot has happened that has triggered a lot of emotion, loss, grief, sadness, ange...

May 14, 2017

Today is mothers day and nothing is more important than family, for those of us that struggle with some type of mental illness your family is a great support group to include service dogs. Even though your family may not understand everything that you are going through...

April 15, 2017

Some days and weeks are better than others, since my last post there have been some intense weeks, this week my therapy session was one of the most intense and emotional sessions that I have had so far. One thing that I learned the hard way is that you have to talk abo...

March 11, 2017

This week has had its ups and downs, yesterday and this past week have not been without struggles, last Friday I met with my therapist which was very intense and emotional, it triggered flashbacks, vivid dreams and  it has been an emotional roller coaster to say the le...

February 26, 2017

Four months ago this week I started with a new professional therapist because my last therapist was not the right one for me, I was not receiving the right help and I felt alone and dissociated, I had no life coping skills to work on and most importantly the therapist...

February 19, 2017

Don't count the days it make take for recovery, make the days count. Small steps will result in help, hope, healing and recovery.

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