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The Day After: Here Is What You Can Do!

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON APRIL 16TH, 2013

Yesterday’s bombing in Boston changed many lives. Someone made a decision that-without asking permission to sign them up-made no small number of people official members in a lot of “clubs.”

 

The “club” for people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their partners just grew.

 

The “club” for individuals who will struggle with ongoing depression and their partners just grew.

 

The “club” for those who must now learn to live without a limb and who will need prosthetic devices and their partners just grew.

 

The “club” for people who now need wheelchairs, house modifications, accessible vans, lifts, and ramps to access their homes as well as the homes of friends & family and their partners just grew.

 

The “club” for individuals whose private, intimate body parts were lost or altered and their partners just grew.

 

The “club” for people diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) who can no longer think or process at the same level as they did prior to yesterday and their partners just grew.

 

The “club” for couples where one member was elevated to the position of caretaker just grew.

 

The “club” for those who’ve been widowed just grew.

 

The “club” for parents who’ve lost a child just grew.

 

The “club” for first responders, counselors, social workers, pastors, other faith leaders, and everyone who provides official care to those in need and then burn out and become unemployed and their partners just grew.

 

The list goes on. Again, they’re not groups for which anyone opted to seek membership. They’re not familiar with others who may be in them. They may not know how to connect with anyone else in them. They may fight wanting to socialize with anyone in them.

 

Are you asking what you can do to help those impacted by the blasts? Are you a member of one of these groups at any level? Could you consider offering them company, counsel, empathy, encouragement – even if how they got their membership card is different from how you did? Step up! What you know is valuable. What you may be able to offer could make a HUGE difference in how their path can look verses how yours maybe did. If you GET what they’re going through on any level, step up!

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