Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI
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The wife of a combat veteran and a licensed counselor help families to cope and heal in the aftermath of a service member returning home with Ptsd and Tbi.
occasion. I was rejected time after time until I could no longer handle it. It broke my heart not being able to understand why he was pushing me away when I thought we should be running to each other for love and support. Ups and downs . . . I long for the marriage we used to have, the love and intimacy we once shared. This has been by far the most painful loss. I impatiently wait day after day wondering how long it will be before he is ready to re-establish “us.” My sense of security and
came home intoxicated because I felt betrayed, alone, and insecure. I felt my whole world could come crumbling down and my marriage would end in divorce. I was afraid of being abandoned. When I’m angry I feel anxious, nervous, and out of control. I have a difficult time taking a break from the situation to calm down. I often feel extreme pressure to fix the problem immediately. He yelled at our teenage daughter for anything. He questioned her every move and didn’t trust her. One time she talked
Somewhere between midnight and morning, the expensive mole unearthed the culprit. “The plumber always knows” was his only comment as he pulled the plug from the pipe: a wad of Waddell panties. As he untangled a knotted parade of Disney undies including soiled Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Winnie the Pooh, the truth was revealed. Apparently, our pig-tailed toddler’s potty training had taken a turn for the worse. Jordan, our first daughter, had figured out she could flush the evidence
literally “uncovered” in the spiritual realm, because the wife has lost her spiritual covering or “head.” First and most importantly, the woman needs to know that when her man has moved away from his God-given responsibility, Christ becomes her Head and she assumes the role of priestess in her home. Second, seasoned believers need to step into the gap to provide prayer, protection, and guidance. Permission to Engage For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The
Adsit, and Marshéle Carter Waddell, When War Comes Home (Newport News: Military Ministry Press, 2008), 8. Chapter 1: Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home . Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow,