best price timberland boots Charlottetown veteran holds fond memories of military life
The explosion in Afghanistan delivered Tyler Coady a life changing jolt.
The retired corporal has been paying a harsh ongoing physical, emotional and mental price for his military service ever since an improvised explosive device blew up on June 1, 2007 just in front of the heavily armoured patrol vehicle Coady was driving.
days it seems worse than others. debilitating of the explosion fall out, however, has been the psychological toll of post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Coady was diagnosed with the severe anxiety disorder shortly after returning home from Afghanistan.
The syndrome, which can been triggered in Coady by crowds, loud noises and burning smells things that would transport him back to Afghanistan, right back to the explosion have proven to be a harsh foe for several years.
He simply could not muster the fortitude to deal with his PTSD in a helpful or healthy manner.
definitely did not take care of myself early on, he recalls.
was avoiding everyone just isolating. Part of it was I did not want to be a burden to everyone. It kind of hard to describe, (but it is) like being afraid to leave your house or even your room. I mean if you had talked to some of my friends, I wasn the same person when I came home. a result, he has lost contact with many people he used to buddy around with before he embarked on his fateful tour in Afghanistan.
still think it was the best job I ever had. I still think it was worth it. I can think of a civilian job where I would be willing to trade my life or my wellbeing for that type of experience.
Thankfully for Coady, he eventually came to appreciate the value of support, notably from his peers.
He started attending the peer support group, Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS), 10 years ago but did not have the right mindset at the time to glean help.
For the past six or seven months, though,
he has been going regularly to the support group to talk about what is happening in his life, how he is taking care of himself and to develop plans to keep safe.
having a sense of community, really, he explains. these people help you get through rough patches. he is even running the group in Charlottetown.
He feels much more mentally and emotionally strong now than he did for several years following the shattering event in Afghanistan.
Over the years, he gradually started letting people back into his life.
His mother, he notes with great admiration and gratitude, was one person who would not be pushed away.
She was, surely out of love, too persistent and too stubborn to back away. She would not budge.
Others, like Coady aunt, also refused to let the damaged veteran run and hide from the world.
I didn have the support network that I did, I would have killed myself by now, he says.
Coady goal moving forward, in addition to continually working at coping better with his PTSD, is to help others in the military community.
In fact, the desire to come to the aid of veterans was a motivating force in having him return to school, buckle down and attain a master degree in military psychology during what was early on a trying experience.