I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder back in 2012 and I decided to share my life as it is now with you.
I am in the process of being medically discharged from the Royal Air Force (RAF) after almost 20 years following a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am currently sat in my lounge trying to watch TV and listening to sirens as blue lights rush past the window. That sound sends shivers down my spine now and takes me back to lying in my bunk at Camp Bastion listening to sirens rushing to Nightingale 'helicopter landing site', to await the incoming helicopter carrying the latest casualties of a very cruel war....
So this is a taste of the sort of information I will cover in my blog. I will provide the background into my service life, operational tours overseas as a frontline paramedic, my diagnosis of PTSD and subsequent journey to reach the point of living with it, rather than just existing with it. Posts, videos and photos to follow.
Why am I doing this? I would like to talk about my journey to raise awareness of my hidden injury of war and that it is ok to admit it. I would like my posts to encourage others to recognise things in themselves, and hopefully help people by opening up about my own struggle.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you..... xx