Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving
Imagine sending your spouse to war with a heavy heart, then receiving a life-shattering phone call telling you he's been badly injured. Your beloved returns to your arms, but changed, broken, angry, conflicted, and in need of around-the-clock care. What do you do?
Meet the women who drew upon their inner resilience and prevailed. Their vivid personal accounts provide inspiration to those who face daunting challenges, and offer a path forward. Each one of these brave, strong military spouses shares her personal tale of reuniting, recovering, and rebuilding with her catastrophically wounded warrior.
Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife offers an intimate look into the chaotic and demanding lives of military spouses as they adjust to living with injured combat veterans. These women are thrust into caretaker roles for service members who return home with amputated limbs, brain injuries, burns, and disabilities, with virtually no support or training. Posttraumatic stress tears their families apart, and they must wrestle with huge, imposing questions: Does he still love me? Must I sacrifice my career forever? How will this affect my kids, my sex life, my happiness?
Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife reveals the innermost thoughts of women who faced these challenges and prevailed--to not just survive, but thrive.
"Through the stories she shares in this book, Barbara McNally helps us understand a topic that nobody wants to talk about. Nobody, that is, except for the millions of women who haven't had a voice."
--Laura Bauer, Rosalynn Carter Foundation, www.rosalynncarter.org
"Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife gives a much-needed voice to the 5.5 million hidden heroes across the country who care for our nation's wounded warriors. Through these stories, Barbara McNally provides an insightful and moving look at the unique challenges caregivers face on a daily basis and inspires us all to take action."
--Steve Schwab, Executive Director, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation
"Barbara's approach on Sexuality through a very genuine dialogue of women experiencing challenges with intimacy was a high point for me. As a clinician that works with those living with a disability, this relatable chapter will be a major reference in practice. She clearly points out the importance of knowing that you are not the only one needing an alternate solutions to reclaiming intimacy. I was overwhelmed by the stories of resiliency and creativity!"
--Nicole J. Johnson, MSW, MA, LCSW; US Department of Veteran Affairs
"It's critical that caregivers have the opportunity to share their stories and Wounded Warrior Wounded Wife covers everything from personal stories to practical and useful advice. There is often no acknowledgment for caregivers. Barbara gives a voice to many who have never been heard. Thank you Barbara for promoting health, wellness, and stress reduction among caregivers and ultimately preventing caregiver burnout."
--Sara Boz, PhD,
"I applaud Barbara McNally for bringing greater attention and awareness to a subject that so many struggle with. Through the stories and inspiration in her book, Wounded Warrior Wounded Wife, we see the opportunity to find healing at the end of an often very dark tunnel."
--Dave Towe, Executive Director, Wave Academy, www.waveacademy.org
"Very inspiring and encouraging--a must-read for those who are caregivers for our wounded warriors. Especially loved the story of Mai and Lanh!"
--Penny Lambright, Founder, Patriots & Paws, www.patriotsandpaws.org
"A captivating ride through tragedy, trauma, resiliency, and strength of our amazing military caregivers. Our stories are our heartbeat, the threads that bind us together now and through the generations. Barbara has allowed these amazing women an opportunity to not only share their stories, but also a chance to evaluate and rewrite when necessary. Stories of weakness have become stories of strength. Stories of hopelessness have shifted into stories of survival. Her passion and desire to matter are evident through her writing, her mission, and her actions. A must read."
--Dr. Jude Black LPC, NCC, CEO - Founder E-Therapy Cafe(TM) www.e-therapycafe.com
"Barbara McNally shines the spotlight on the 1.1 million Post-9/11 military and veteran caregivers who so often live in the shadows. The women featured in this book are unsung heroes, that face daily challenges, caring for their families that have been forever changed by the wars. Kudos to Ms.McNally for elevating the visibility of military and veteran caregivers everywhere."
--Lorie Van Tilburg, Executive Director, Southern Caregiver Resource Center www.caregivercenter.org
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