to talk? Call
Click on the links to be
transferred to their websites.
Vet Center-Veteran Readjustment Center
Trauma Recovery Program
National Center for Post traumatic Stress
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
link above list all of them, VFW, AMVETS, DAV, etc., on one page and you
can link directly to them from that page to find your local office.
This is the way to get the assistance you need, their expertise will cut
through the red tape for you. Use these resources...they are
there for YOU, don't go it alone.
National Veteran Owned Business
National Assoication of Disabled Veterans
Veteran Business Enterprise
Veteran resources** Spend time going through
their links for services and information. Then check out the education
classes for the veteran, their family and friends.
STAND DOWN for
homeless Veterans click on eagle
www.myspace.com/sdvob Look at my friends listed for organizations and
individuals for more help and support.
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that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for
good men to do nothing'
This is why we serve.
will be the country of the free, as long as we are the home of the
Fibro my what?
to be a catch all term, but the illness is very real, I have been
living with this since 1990 after a number of small accidents altered
the hopes and dreams I had for my life.
What helped me was to go through a grieving process to mourn the death
of the life I had and what I wanted to have for myself and my family.
Sounds morbid but it helped me restart another life. I was given a
second chance to refresh myself and begin to build anew.
The most painful was losing my motherhood and knowing my children were
growing up without me. My children will never be 5, 8,11 and 14 again,
that reality devastated me into living a death wish. I was left
hopeless, in utter despair, all because I was not able to get
out of bed. The stigma of being labeled lazy, making up my pain and my
inability to think clearly started my downward spiral of doubting the
illness myself. Naturally that led to incompressible depression, that
became my greatest challenge.
My recovery did
not change my situation. I still deal with the effects of Fibromyalgia
and my mental health challenges, and still do not live with my children.
However, it changed my focus and gave me hope for a future.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares
the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.
What is Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a
chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread pain, fatigue,
depression and sleep disturbances. It was originally thought
to be a musculoskeletal disorder since most of the pain was felt in the
muscles and other soft tissues. However, recent research and the
advancement of brain-imaging technology is revealing that fibromyalgia
is actually a disorder of the central nervous system, which causes
abnormal pain processing and results in pain amplification.
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I found myself homeless,
destitute, and emotionally broken.
"From Crown to
"From the glistening of a rhinestone
crown to the dull glimmer of parking lot lights, I found myself
homeless living in my car."
of swimming the torrid waters of denial, I finally saw that coming out
soaked was better than staying in and drowning"
fought and beat the unwelcome effects from mismanaging my disability.
After the Army, I was debilitated to bed for over 6 years. Chronic pain,
and the negative side effects from my dependence on prescription
medication all had a hand in altering my life for the worse. The added
physical tension to my declining mental health led to a divorce and the painful
separation from my children.
In the mist
of my misery, despair, loneliness and the turmoil of mass confusion, I entered
blindly into an unhealthy relationship. His struggles with his own
personal battles; diagnosed sociopath or Anti-Social
Personality Disorder (the new term), a life long addict, and his
submission to his inner demons gave way to life changing events in my
life. It truly rocked my world off its axis like planets
out of alignment.
unexpected turbulence and shrapnel from that tornado like existence in
my already turned upside down world, threw me into one crisis after
another, until I was completely lost, broken and destitute. Our life
was completely unmanageable as his addiction grew increasingly worse.
short time in our marriage I saw that being homeless, even in my
chronic condition and my mental instability at that time, was better
than staying where I was. It was there in my brokenness and almost the
loss of my life that I returned to my first love, Jesus.
husband found new enablers and continued living in denial, deep in his
addictions that tragically led to his drug related death.
saw my part in that life, accepted responsibility and vowed to make a
Today, I still struggle
with my disability, but I am no longer homeless, my mental health and
quality of life is much improved and am working to reconcile with my
children. It still is a daily process sometimes moment by moment.
grateful my parents taught me to have faith** in a
gracious, loving, and forgiving God, and my mothers' Japanese
philosophy and teachings directed me to a more tranquil life.
secret was to accept myself as Christ saw me, and to live in HIS peace
and joy even in my suffering.
teachings to trust in God, live by faith and not by my fluctuating
feelings, became the guiding light in my healing. How could I not return
the gift of renewal for my new life by showing the light to others?
know that anyone can recover
from the wreckage of his or her actions as well as from the fall
out from another. I did, and If you are there...so can you! For you are
NEVER so lost, or so down and out that recovery is not possible.
you cannot do it alone, I believe a relationship with Christ is the
most important first step. Then a strong, stable, healthy and validating
support system is essential for recovery. You MUST get connected, It is
in relationships not isolation that we grow. Even if it
is in a shelter or treatment center. Stay
there, stay still, stop the madness of running around, and being
senselessly busy. (Busy stands for Being Under
I have been there and
done that. I may not feel your exact feeling, but I understand what you
are going through and know it is tough.
Yes, I know I am
being transparent here, but it is the only way I know how to stay the
course and keep accountability, and that is In the open and in His
* Faith is
the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things
..a tireless advocate for
Veterans who receive mental health services at our VA Medical Center. Bob Tencer,
LCSW Local Recovery Coordinator VAHCS
see her as an important messenger, a person whose voice can help open
doors for people, a person whose example can show people that they can
open their own doors. Mike
Zeeb Recovery Services Administrator, RIAZ (Recovery
Innovations of Arizona)
After 3 years in
therapy trying to find an answer, you asked me one question and I had
the answer all along! Terri, Scottsdale, AZ
Wow, you made me
think and I realized then I was not thinking before, I just reacted. Don, Phoenix
Your ability to ask the right
questions was scary. Thanks for helping me see clearer. Marianne, AZ
I have been putting off this career
move for years, and in 15 minutes you help me face my fears. I'm back in
school, happier than ever and grateful for our time together. Linda, AZ
All I can say is thank you. Chris ,TN
Saw you on myspace, you are real,
thanks for helping me get help for my husband. Julie,
I knew something was different, after
returning from Iraq. Thanks for helping me get help and being there in
that bad place with me. Patrick, Phoenix, AZ
After my heart
attack, losing my dad, my brother to an OD and my son to suicide all in
one year, I wanted to end it all. You helped me see that life was still
worth living. Thank you, Mike,
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Understanding Fibro my what?
Fibromyalgia 101 everything you didn't want to know
about Fibromyalgia, but need to learn.
Great in Bed...when you can sleep for days
Chronic Fatigue, Fibro fog and the lousy reputation for
being lazy..when you really can't get out of bed..not .because you
don't want to, but because you are unable to. What is it, what causes
it, how to live with and around it. Covers, nutrition, fitness and self
you surviving, existing or living?
Learn the differnece...in progress
Fibro Fitness...In shape and
shapley at any age.
Body aches, pain and stiffness. Yuck! >_<
Ouch...Explore your body, understand your limitations and learn
techniques to regain your health, flexibility and shape.This is at a
Exercise Therapy Studio.Overseen by a licensed therapist..In person and
Depression is NOT your
Isolation- Why you are
your worst enemy.
If you are spending too much time alone you are in bad
company. Learn why.
But he doesn't hit me...
Understanding Domestic violence, the real cause, the
symptoms, why it damages and how you can recover.
How to recognize a "BAD" man.
Avoid getting reeled into
deal end, damaging and destructive relationship.
the red flags!
There was that popular quote "he's not that into you",
well, the signs are there, when you are not the one. Learn what they
are, and how to spot it in your blindness (there is a reason why they
say love is blind...you DON'T want to see their dark side...Find out
Love and Sex Addiction / Avoidance
After living with a man diagnosised a sex addict, I was at a
lack of understanding the term. Sex is only a symptom of another root
cause. As with most addicts he had a dual diagnosis, where drugs and sex
only covered or medicate the real underlying issue. So, what exactly is
it? Also covers Romance Addiction, why falling in and out of ove over
and over is a...problem.
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