We all have friends, but to have a military friend is something much different. You share a special bond, a love, hate, relationship with life and a strength that not many can understand, but other wives. No, I am not a military wife anylonger, but I was one for 11 years and it does not just leave you. Its part of you.
My friend Anderia is a wonderful person, her and her husband have had a rough frew years and have found a path back to the road they wanted in life. They had found many rocky roads and one road Andera was about to kill herself as she heald a gun to her head and her husband telling her she was to weak to do it. Wess, her husband suffers from PTSD and TBI. At that moment things drasticly had to change. So, they did! Anderia is alive and well, Wess and Andria are a very happy couple. However, you need to buy thier book to find out the rest.
Well, this past weekend Anderia was asked to speek at the Battlemind symposium. I can tell you she has been a mess between making her PowerPoint, the emails to me saying ” I will be there Friday to work on my PPT, no I’m not going to make it, are you coming, did you know there are going to be 500 people there”. Andria has been speaking at local church’s and organizations around Madison County and Indian over the past year to tell her story about Domestic Violence and their road to recovery. This symposium was her first official real speaking engagement she calls it.
Well, with my hectic life, caring for Tim, the non-profit things got into my way and I had to cancel going. Let me tell you, I really wanted to be there. I had been planning on going to that symposium for over a month. Well, on her way home Andria stopped by the our office and came in the door. I did not think she was going to fit through our door. Her smile was so big, she was so excited and proud of her self. She said “I DID IT!”. She talked a mile a minute about giving her speech, I could not have been prouder of her.
She did it, she talked for the first time in front of 500 people about her personal story, their journey and where they want to go. Andria and I continued to talk about her next few steps. Our friendship is unique as she is the patient one and I am the extreme one. She keeps me goal oriented and I push to the limit. We have dreams of speaking together about military and the journey back from a spouses point of view and mine from the caregivers point of view, the struggles, hardships and what we face.
We have both taken a journey down a path that needs to be shared with the community from secondary PTSD to financial hardship, brink of divorce, being put down, and no place to turn.
She came into the shop after the confrense just glowing. She could not stop talking about it. She was so proud of herself that si was alb e to seek in fronf of all those people. I am so proud of her. She has come a long way and I am so proud of her. SHE DID IT!!! ROCK ON GIRL!!!
Buy her book “The war that cane home” its on Amazone