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PTSD And Me: Craig Silverson’s Story Part 2

This is Part 2 of Cpl Craig Silverson's journey through PTSD. You can follow him at @CraigSilverson There was no escaping it! From helmet to boots.  Once you stepped off, it was there. Moon dust. It was  so fine, similar to baby powder, that underneath my feet tiny clouds would appear. To my surprise the landscape had changed and the terrain had become hard and clay like.  Fractured.  The stark contrast captivated me. An image that I would later see when I looked in the mirror. Underneath the surface and often barely evident was our biggest threat,  Improvised Explosive Devices. Now my anger had become my own IED and  the slightest thing would set me off! I desperately wanted my…
Bob Jones
November 10, 2019
Life Stories

WHY WE REMEMBER

There were over 37 million soldiers and civilians casualties during what is known as "The Great War." 17 million deaths and over 20 million wounded give WWI the dubious distinction of being one of the bloodiest wars in history. Approximately 63,000 of the dead were Canadians. My grandfather fought for Canada at Vimy Ridge in 1917. (more…)
Bob Jones
November 10, 2019
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THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS EVE

Christmas Eve 2012 was nearly two years to the date since he had returned from the battlefield. Craig had been in an unexpected war with himself ever since. PTSD - four letters that fettered him to the past. A deeply inner trauma - invisible to unsuspecting eyes. He accepted his wife’s invitation to attend a candlelight service at North Pointe in faint hope that something good might come of it. White Flag On Christmas Eve The celebration began. During the course of the evening, a light shone brightly on a singer. Her voice was uplifting. But it was her story of faith that restored a soldier’s broken heart. Craig went against what he had been trained to do. He took…
Bob Jones
December 3, 2017
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FIRST RESPONDERS: THE HIDDEN SCARS

As an Emergency Medical Technician, Nadeen LaBoucane belongs to an elite cadre known as "first responders." She's proud of the role she fills. While saving lives is all in a day's work for her, years of accumulated stress nearly came at the expense of her own life. Spiritual IV I met Nadeen at North Pointe in 2015 when she came looking for what we would later call "spiritual IV."  Nadeen shared how she'd served in the emergency medical field for twenty one years as an EMT and most recently as a dispatcher. “I loved being out there helping people. I have to admit, I was a little bit of an adrenaline junkie as well.” But when she suffered a serious…
Bob Jones
June 26, 2016
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5 PROFILES IN COURAGE

The following five stories of courage caught the attention and captured the hearts of our readers. These profiles will give you a boost to continue on your own courage highway. 1. Adam Cripps: Bravest, Strongest, Courageous Adam Cripps was an inspiration to anyone who met him. He faced four bouts with cancer over his brief 16 years. His aunt wrote, "With probably only weeks left of his short life, I only hope that I can somehow share his story to enough people to hopefully show them what we already know. Adam is an amazing young man and his life will be forever missed but he will live on in all of us and I can only hope that one day…
Bob Jones
December 31, 2014