I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) almost 13 years ago, but I’ve had it most of my life.  I don’t function like most other people, but I believe I function quite well for someone with PTSD. I try to look at things positively and I try to avoid things that are negative; especially people, because I take a lot of things to heart.

I’m a wife, partner and friend to the most amazing man I’ve ever met. We dated back in high school, and then after being apart for almost 30 years, we reunited. We had our second “first” date a month before I was held up, and even though I gave him the chance to run for the hills, he stayed. We’ve been together now for just over 13 years and I believe if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. He really is my knight in shining armour!

I’m a mother of two beautiful girls that have grown into caring, compassionate, people and are currently; with the help of my amazing son-in-laws, nurturing their own children to become the same.  I have four amazing grandchildren that bring me so much joy and remind me just how precious life is and I also have a nephew whom I’m very proud of. He has been like my own son since his mother died in 1989. 

And last, but certainly not least, I have a great circle of friends (you know who you are!!). They’ve never questioned me, or the changes in me since my workplace incident and whether they know it or not, they have been part of the guiding force that has kept me alive since that fateful day.

These family and friends, like me, believe I’m not my disease. We all believe I am so much more than that, I’m a PTSD survivor.