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11 October 2012 @ 10:31 pm
Thankful Thursday  
A couple of days ago, I got a call from a 20 years sober Vietnam vet who had stumbled on my 12 Step Format for Veterans, Family and Friends. He loved it and wants to use it to start groups. The next day I got a call from a different Vietnam vet, a famous one, who said the same thing. The next day I got a phone call from a woman vet of Iraq who had come across Why Is Daddy Like He Is? and loved it and wanted to read it on her radio show. The next day I was sorting papers and found a request for permission to quote a prayer for trauma survivors in a book, Resilience by Dennis Charney, MD and Steven Southwick MD, so I looked it up and it is in there and they call it "a moving prayer." Here it is:
Prayer for People with PTSD
Higher Power, I know that it’s not within the harmony of the universe that I be healed from the trauma of remembering ____________________________ without pain.
Help me through the pain.
Surround me with the golden light of healing, fill me with the white light of peace and love.
Help me to bear the pain as I go through these memories. Help me to c
Help me to remember.
Help me to love myself no matter what happened to me or what I did to survive.
Help me to release and to let go of my survival skills, the things such as anger and numbness that helped keep me alive, as I become aware of how ineffective they can be in getting me what I want today.
Fill me with light and love until I am green and growing again in the harmony of the universe, if it be thy will.
So I am really really thankful that I have been able to help a lot of people and more of them seem to be finding my stuff since I put it all on my website for free: http://www.patiencepress.com/patience_press/PTSD_Help-For.Kids.html
I am also thankful that my kid is working on our house so I get to see him every day, that my husband is writing away happily, and that I am about ready to start submitting our critter ABC book to agents. Some of the critters are in the userpic.

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Rose Greenolmue on October 12th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Such wonderful feedback for your book! You're doing good things in the world, Patty. Don't ever stop! :)
cmcmck on October 12th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
I've recently been talking to a vet of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry- a regular who witnessed the liberation of the Belsen Kz. He's never talked to anyone about it before and the anger clearly still bubbles- he shrugs off the sharp end combat experience, but this was clearly different.

He's in his eighties and still has nightmares.

I won't tell him that members of my own family died in the Sho'ah.
patty1943patty1943 on October 12th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
There is a book Called Gated Grief by the daughter of an MD who helped liberate a concentration camp. He never mentioned it, so after he died and she found pictures she interviewed other vets who had and found that they all had horrific memories that intruded... It is a pretty good book.