I know I know I have neglected this damn thing for too long huh?
I really hope you guys are great out there .. how long has it been ..
who's counting right?
I hope you all are doing good out there and enjoying your Easter Weekend for those who celebrate it. The kids and I are painting and misting the eggs this year with glimmer mist, adirondack inks, bubble wrap and whatever else .. just having a good time getting messy fingers.
The weather here on this side of Suffolk has been beautiful and I really cannot complain and I must say I do not miss the rain but I don't mind it ..
I seriously felt like rocking something like this:
I was contacted by my guest blogger today Taylor Dardan a brave soul that is bringing awareness to those that are unaware of the sacrificies that not only a soldier makes away at war but those they endure most times with the families upon their return home. Here is what she has to say.
One of any military family’s greatest fears is the thought of their soldier returning home from combat injured. That moment of seeing their family return home healthy is one of the greatest reliefs that a family can experience. But lately an increasing amount of the most troublesome wounds that are affecting soldiers are entirely invisible, and can be extremely difficult to detect, and can undercut that joyous moment.
For example post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)can be extremely difficult to diagnosis and treat despite being a very serious medical condition that affects thousands of soldiers a year. Worse, PTSD can be deadly when it goes undiagnosed- last year VA estimated that an average of 18 veterans suffering from PTSD committed suicide each day. PTSD can also cause serious domestic troubles in a military family because the symptoms include emotional numbness and hyper arousal undiagnosed. All too often PTSD tears apart military families, separating veterans from the support that they need to help get over the trauma. Although cognitive behavioral therapy, the most common treatment for PTSD, can be a long and drawn-out process veterans who receive therapy are able to recover.
Mesothelioma , a cancer of the lining of the lungs, stomach and heart caused by exposure to asbestos and is common among veterans, is similar to PTSD only in that it can be deadly if it is not diagnosed early enough. Because the symptoms can lie dormant for 20-50 years it is far too common for the cancer not to be diagnosed until the tumor has spread through-out the body. It’s a common misconception that mesothelioma is only a danger to veterans from earlier wars; as recently as 2008 dangerous levels were detected in Fort Braggs in North Carolina and it is commonly still found on older Navy ships, especially aircraft carriers. In the U.S. Air Force, asbestos was commonly used for insulation of valves and gaskets in the engines, and older planes occasionally still have the original asbestos components. Because the mesothelioma life expectancyis only a little over a year after the tumor has spread through-out the body it is commonly considered the deadliest of the “invisible wounds”.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the most easily diagnosed of the “invisible wounds” is also the least deadly. TBI, often called the signature wound of the War on Terror because of its skyrocketing numbers, is the bruising of the brain tissue and can be the result of a violent collision. Because TBI is particularly dangerous when soldiers don’t realize that they have experienced a TBI it’s important to be aware of the symptoms, which include headaches, confusion, changes in sleep patterns, blurred vision, and troubles with concentration or attention. The most severe TBIs are characterized by pounding headaches that only get worse as the ruptured blood vessels and bruised brain tissue obstructs the blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Leaving a TBI untreated can greatly increase both the physical and mental damage of the wound.
It’s awful to have to imagine military families who have already been through so much and given so much having to deal with such insidious and devastating wounds. However lately the Veterans Benefit Programs Improvement Act of 2010 made it easier to claim benefits with improvements in “presumptions of service” and the 2010 signed caregiver billshould provide for vets and caregivers in the future. Ultimately, the most important thing we can do is work to raise the awareness of these “invisible wounds” so that treatment for them is more widely available to veterans and soldiers.
Thanks again Taylor Dardan for that amazing information that goes unseen A LOT.