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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thank You Pamela-PTSD Forum

I can not be the only dog lover out there who suffers from depression.  I also know I can't be the only dog lover out there who has been through a traumatic childhood.  And I know I am not alone in dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder better known as PTSD.

I know there must be others out there who struggle with one or all three of these issues.  And I want to let you know, you are not alone.  I am there too.  It is a constant fight that is baffling and cunning and does everything to break you.

The dogs and my husband are a huge part of my healing process, but they don't change the fact that I live with my demons every day.

That's why I want to tell you about a

 PTSD Town Forum that will be streaming live at http://upnorthlive.com 

on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8pm EST.

Experts in the field of PTSD will help explain, diagnose and discuss treatments available.

It is free to attend and there is no registration for stream live feed, only if you physically plan to attend. 

The reason I thanked Pamela, is a feel like she busted the door on depression for me with her candid and honest post about her struggles with depression.  And I thank her for that.  We are not alone.  Together we can be there for each other and help each other through each of our battles. 

And that is when I realized there are others out there who would like to attend the forum and with the magic of the internet, anyone can.  


Unknown said...

The internet in many ways does good too and it helps people reach out to others and helps them feel less isolated and part of something bigger. For once it is nice to dwell on the good side of 'The Net'.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Pamela said...

Thanks! As hard as it was to write that post, I feel like I've deepened many of my online friendships.

Thanks for sharing the info about the online forum. I'll be communing with nature. But I'll be thinking of you and others who join in.

White Dog Blog said...

Thank you for your bravery in speaking out about your struggles. More need to understand that there is no shame or reason to hide. And that is the value of attending this Town Forum even if you do not suffer...knowledge is the power to understand and reach out a hand when it is needed.

FiveSibesMom said...

I think it is brave, strong, and admirable to step forward and speak out and help bring awareness, comfort, and support to each other and welcome it back for yourself. I agree with the others, that is the wonderful aspect of connecting online. And the bottom line is no matter what anyone or anyone's pet is facing...no one is alone. There is someone else who is facing something similar and being able to discuss it not only helps with not feeling alone, but it also helps shine a light so others who are experiencing the same thing can come forward into a safe forum so they, too, know they are not alone in their journey and that people really do/can/should care about each other. Hard steps to take, but I say "Bravo!" to you for taking them and sharing your journey and the forum, and info you gain along the way. And as Siku mentioned above, it is good to share the info even for those not experiencing the same journey so they can be informed and have awareness for understanding. Knowledge is power. Support is strength. And sharing is caring.

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

I think a lot of us struggle with depression, and it is hugely comforting to know we are not alone. I hope the forum is healing and helpful, and that the dogs continue to be, as they are for me--