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DIARY OF A VET'S WIFE: Loving and Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - A Memoir by [MacMillan, Nancy]
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  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
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  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (November 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AOTTOU4
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I grew up in the world Nancy writes about. I remember listening to the women in my neighborhood talk in hushed tones about the problems their husbands brought back from Viet Nam...the night terrors, the drinking, the hyper vigilance. I watched the parents of my friends either split over the very things Nancy describes.

For too long PTSD was kept swept under the rug and never discussed. In this time of increasing openness, I am thrilled to see a book that discusses the Spouses' view.

The husbands and wives of Vets are just as much strong worriors as the Vets themselves. It akes more love and courage than I could imagine to face the fear and strain placed on a relationship and family by PTSD.

This book opened my eyes to what the Moms were whispering about all those years ago.

I am thankful I ofund this book, and thankful Nancy gave a voice to private wars that were fought after the War was over.

I can't recomend this book enough to anyone who would like a better understanding of how the affects of War never end.
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My husband is a combat veteran from OEF and OIF. We met before boot camp, and have been together ever since. This book was recommended to me, because after his own PTSD diagnosis, I've tried to learn as much as possible so that we have an easier time with less fights (hopefully). This book was utterly amazing. You enter Mrs. MacMillan's life and marriage, and you see what veterans (especially the pre-9/11 Soldiers who came home to a VA that had no idea what PTSD was, or how to treat it at all) and this book made me cry so often.
I know it is hard to live with someone who has demons they won't share, or things truly bothering them that they won't talk about (because they don't want anyone to view them differently because of things they did to survive war).... Each couple dealing with combat PTSD has their own battles, each soldier has different triggers, experienced war different from another soldier, and the whole thing makes it more difficult for treatment, and regular therapists dealing with PTSD is not usually combat PTSD. And they are incredibly different.
I pray no spouse has to deal with what Mrs. MacMillan has had to deal with - and so much of what I read about her life has either happened to me in a different way, or was something I prayed I wouldn't have come into our lives. I wish Mrs. MacMillan the absolute best in her life. The love she carries for her veteran will never fade, and I truly believe her actions that were best for her veteran, were incredibly difficult - she is one of the strongest veteran wives ever. I'm not sure I'd have been able to stand my own ground and not give in all the time .... I can imagine how much harder it is with children, but I don't have any, so my veteran in my entire life. Prayers for Mrs. MacMillan - I wish you the best in life!

Thank you so much for sharing your story. So many families that have a loved one with PTSD NEED to read this.
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This is a story of love, prayer, desperation and despair. The love of the author for her husband, her desparate attempts to find someone to help him with his PTSD, his desperation and suffering brought on by a disease he did not understand and the despair felt by both of them when they found nowhere to turn. The story is captivating, the book evokes strong feelings and leaves the reader knowing "there must be a better answer for our Vets". The lesson to be learned, in my opinion, is that the government had not anticipated the problems of sending young men into this kind of war with minimal training and it truly had no exit strategy to deal with their problems other than to send them home to their families and forget about them. The author obviously wants others in this situation to know they are not alone and she offers a list of places they can get help. It is an eye opening story that definitely holds your interest.
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I picked up Diary of a Vet's Wife and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It was a very sad and very compelling read, dealing with mental illness, depression, addiction, co-dependency, loneliness, despair, and ultimately survival. The end, an unfortunate relief.

I applaud Nancy MacMillan for sharing her story with such courage and honesty in an effort to show others who are living with the same issues that they are not alone and that there is help.

Diary of a Vet's Wife should remind us all that it takes a village -- to help those who can't help themselves.
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Get ready for an emotional roller coaster!

Loving, and living with my own Veteran suffering from PTSD, I laughed & cried at so many of the antics and comments because they were exactly the same, just caused from different wars. Being able to connect with Nancy on so many levels made this memoir an absolute pleasure to read.

Don't forget that a portion of the proceeds of this book goes to Pets for Vets!
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I finished reading Diary of a Vet’s Wife this morning. I cried when I read Lorne’s letters and I cried when Nancy cried thereafter. It was difficult for me to continue reading at times but I had to know that Nancy and Lorne would be okay in the end. The author indeed is one of the strongest women I know and I am so grateful she wrote this book to help others who are suffering like she and her warrior husband did.

As the story unfolded and the dates were listed alongside the events, I thought about my own life and what was happening at the time. During some of her darkest moments I was my happiest. Other times my life seemed in shambles as well. I admire her courage to "stand by your man" during the most difficult of times. Perhaps it was easier because she knew the enemy was Lorne’s disease and not the man himself. And yet, how difficult that actually made things for her.

I am humbled and in awe. I loved the book.
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