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Episode 51: Anne Smith’s Journey with Posttraumatic Stress Order

Episode 51: Anne Smith’s Journey with Posttraumatic Stress Order

June is PTSD Awareness month, and I am honored to share my conversation with Anne Smith. Listen in as she shares about her healing journey, from the little red flags at the beginning to the blessed awareness that they haven’t had an episode in over 5 years.  Anne’s open, honest, and loving approach to her story is inspiring and gives hope to those who are also struggling with feeling like they are walking on glass eggshells as they navigate the unique journey through PTSD. 

It is important to remember that PTSD looks different for everyone. It is the result of any kind of trauma and can be experienced at any age. While we most often associate PTSD with soldiers, according to the DSM V, PTSD is most experienced by and can last longer in women. Knowledge is power, and you have the ability to change your story. If you feel you are experiencing PTSD, I encourage you to seek the help of a professional. Resources are available for all moms here.  

Listen in to learn more about:

  • {02:55} All about Anne
  • {04:50} What is PTSD?
  • {05:52} How Anne’s story began 
  • {07:40} Beginning the recovery process
  • {09:49} Walking alongside someone with PTSD
  • {11:25} Secondary Trauma
  • {15:26} Healing Journey
  • {23:06} The 3 Ps Anne brought to her marriage
  • {32:52) Reconciliation

Favorite Quotes:

“Conflict resolution starts in our hearts and then within our homes.”

“God comforts us so we can comfort others.” 

“There is always hope. Be vulnerable and find support. Get help.”

About Anne

Anne Smith describes herself as a broken, healing daughter of Christ, learning to walk in His way and sit at His feet.  Her life has taken many twists and turns, but as a woman who loves adventure, she is up for the challenges.  She received her BA from UVA in political science and MA from King’s College London in Conflict Security & Development from the renowned War Studies Department. She has a passion for travel and conflict resolution. She has spent time working and living in Jordan and Afghanistan, where she worked with the Department of Defense. She met her husband there, who was a Special Forces soldier with the 5th group. Upon returning to the States, she moved to Nashville to be with him. After just a few weeks of marriage, symptoms of PTSD started to raise its ugly head in her husband. They currently live in Richmond, VA, and their family is made up of three stepchildren, twin 5-year-old girls, a 2-year-old boy, and a 5-month baby boy.

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