Your warrior needs you, and you need him/her! Why? Because in spite of what you may have experienced, they simply love you, and they do not enjoy the actions or words that are sometimes displayed by them. It is so important for you to learn about what your warrior, whether he/she is a spouse or family member who may be experiencing PTSD/TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The Birdwell Foundation volunteers and counselors can help those suffering from PTSD symptoms brought on by TBI.
Some of our staff know what it is like to feel hopeless because of PTSD/TBI. They know their warrior is not the person they used to be. And, quite possibly, they themselves. Think about this: Having to explain why there is a hole in the wall, why you can’t attend a family function or gathering, how it feels when your warrior talks to you, when you just want to pack up the kids and walk away from the marriage or relationship. It feels like a large lump in the pit of your stomach. You feel as though you will be judged by family and friends if you tell them all that you are going through with your warrior, so you keep it all inside, and cry when no one else is around. Why would you keep all of that bottled up inside of you, when you have us? Not just anyone, but those men and women who have practical experience. Men and women who have experienced if not identical, but similar situations that you are currently going through.
Once you understand and learn about the affects of PTSD/TBI, you will learn to love your warrior even more. You will learn patience, humility, how to care for yourself, and your warrior and effective communication that will be beneficial and healthy for both you and the warrior. There is so much to understand and learn about our warriors who fought for our country, and those that serve our communities, who are diagnosed with PTSD/TBI. It is so important for you to attend support groups, counseling, and educational seminars that we offer. If we are not yet in your area, do not allow this to stop you from seeking assistance. And if we are not yet in your area, send us an email, or subscribe to our email list to receive updates and information about groups opening in your area, our network of resources, and educational seminars.
God wants families and marriages to be joyful, healthy and flourishing! He wants our testimonies to be of help to others. It is so important for us to overcome the adversities, trials, and tribulations that we are faced with. But, it won’t happen when we feel as though we are too ashamed to reach out for help. Be the change that your warrior needs, and they will in turn be the change that you need. There is nothing more powerful than a family who has faced many things that should have destroyed them, but by God’s design, they are now the light and hope for many others.
Just as Christ would have us to do, we are to bare one another’s burdens, as it fulfills the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). We are compassionate about the unity of marriages and families, and we are here to help!