Women in combat and PTSD are two of the most talked about issues with the military today, yet there has not been a strong female voice on these topics; until now. 166 Days: My Journey Through the Darkness is my personal account of my deployment to Afghanistan with the US Army Green Berets in 2008. As a Physician Assistant, I was attached to the team as the leader of what is known as a Female Treatment Team (FTT), which is comprised of one female medical provider and one female medic. Our duties while with the Green Berets were to provide medical care to the underserved women and children of Afghanistan, treat our soldiers’ injuries and illnesses, and gather important intelligence information from the patients we saw in the clinic.
The story is captured in a journal I kept during my experience. My intent of keeping the journal was to have a way to share what I knew would be an important snapshot of my life with my future children. I had no idea when I wrote it that its purpose would become so much bigger. It has become a rare glimpse of the front lines from the unique female perspective, capturing some of the most beautiful, heartwarming moments as well as the most tragic moments of my life. It illustrates the brutal realities of war and how it can impact us all.
When I returned to the United States I struggled significantly with PTSD, which was easily the darkest period of my life. During the worst of my condition, I realized I had a choice; I could let the deployment experience and the PTSD consume and become me or I could do everything in my power to overcome it and learn the lesson that was meant for me.
166 Days: My Journey Through the Darkness has become an important and unspoken voice for all of our service members in combat, especially women on the front lines, and anyone who has ever struggled to get past the aftermath of a traumatic event. Other than the names of the active duty Green Berets being changed, it is a true story of hope that leaves the reader inspired to reach within and find strength to overcome any adversity.
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