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Friday, 22 March 2019

You, Me, And PTSD

You, Me And PTSD

So, you recognized and have finally acknowledged that there's something going on inside, something that requires you to look deep within yourself.

One of the principal drivers for your decision to seek out answers is the constant disruption your unacknowledged feelings and behaviors are causing in your life. Your reactivity and frequent withdrawal from your every day is a source of continuous pain for not only you, but also your partner, your rock that bares the brunt of your outbursts and your fluctuating moods.

One day, you decide that enough is enough. Someday your love is going to walk. This prospect makes your desire to stop hurting the one you love far greater than your fear to confront and deal with your aliments.

Sound familiar? This not so pleasant scenario I know all too well and sadly so does my partner. I would give anything not to have been afflicted with the unbearable pain of PTSD but, I am faced with it almost daily. My partner deserves more from me, the better version I can be. She is one of my main motivators for embarking on my journey to wellness and her support and love means so much to me. Her kind loving nature has been available to me each and every time I fall. Connecting with a loved one with PTSD
She's worth the pain and strife that this journey produces and it's because of her love that I want to be present for her,  alleviate her own burdens and reciprocate that love and kindness that makes me stronger. My dream is to one day enjoy our lives together and dammit I am going to achieve just that! I can never sufficiently articulate my gratitude for all that she has done. Thanks beautiful! It's difficult not to beat myself up when I know that my turmoil is spilling over into the one who props me up the most.

Ensure we live our lives together.
Help for spouses, friends and other supporters of someone who has PTSD

The nightmares often keep me awake at night and the exhaustion only magnifies the symptoms which impact on our relationship. She's a beautiful lady, a very loving soul. So as tough as it may be to confront my PTSD demon, it's made so much easier knowing that our love is worth saving. When I  walk down the road of life I want to see her next to me, always. This is enough for me to keep fighting the good fight and utilize all the help and resources I can get my hands on, I want to ensure that my wellness journey and our lives together experience the longevity they both deserve.

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Alicia said...

Beautifully written.

John Arenburg said...

Well thank you very much!