Return from Afghanistan

The noises were too loud.

The smells were overwhelming.

People’s concerns were shallow.

The excess of American life was embarrassing.

I saw no value in frivolous small talk.

I hate that war changed me.

I’m so thankful to have served.

I hate the loss of life.

I’m so thankful to live in America.

I hate the sacrifice families & communities have made.

I am thankful to have met truly beautiful people.

I hate there is no end to war.

I am thankful to bridge a conversation gap.

I hate the need for awareness & remembrance.

I left as a young woman proud to do her part.

I returned broken and lost.

5 years later I gave up on healing.

5 years after giving up I live a healing journey.


Many of us experience disillusionment. My journey of healing is not unique. Many people choose to live a healing journey after experiencing life’s difficulties. My story is extreme…but my healing journey is generic. Anyone can heal, if I can, you can.

On my 10 year anniversary of Living, coming home, I invite you to choose life. Your life. And choose to be part of your life every day, no matter how hard it is.

There are days I want to give up, throw in the towel. These feelings may always haunt me. And I choose life. I fight for hope. What will you fight for?



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