Noah Jackson - Grade 9, Chaminade Julienne High School
The Recovery of my Father
My father has always been an important part of my life. My relationship with him is strong, and we look out for each other. Looking out for him isnâ€™t always an easy task. My dad is a disabled veteran and suffers from severe PTSD. PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder, and those affected by it have nightmares, anxiety, and flashbacks of traumatic event(s). This makes keeping calm difficult for him. I try my best to help him everyday by reminding him of Godâ€™s intentions, also by showing support and my affection.
Ever since my dad quit his job as a military aviator seven years ago I have been able to spend a lot more time with him. He was very stressed and his aggression got the best of him. I hated seeing him so unhappy, it motivated me to make a change. I began by praying for him. I asked God to help him recover, and to appreciate the blessings he still had. Then all I could do is help him by being the best son I could be. It inspired me to work harder in my life, so he would have something to about. . I was happy to be given the opportunity to spend time with my dad, and I was glad I would be making a difference in his life.
I look at caring for my dad as an opportunity to show him I care about his well-being. The bond we have formed with each other is so strong it will never be broken. This never wouldâ€™ve happened if I hadnâ€™t stepped in when he needed me. Helping him has provided us wonderful shared experiences. Like the time he agreed to come to summer camp with me.
I have been able to help my dad ever since he opened up to me around 6 or so years ago. His mental health and stability has improved vastly since his time in the air force. I donâ€™t really take a sense of pride out of my help, instead I share a sense of improvement with my father. I feel as if the time I spend talking with, and spending time with my dad is meaningful, and it fills me with joy every time my dad thanks me.
I think it is very unlikely that my dad will ever fully recover from his PTSD. He is sometimes paranoid and occasionally still becomes aggressive, but I do know he has improved. My dad now puts his faith in God and stays focused on what is important. I am willing to support him as long as I need to. Whenever my dad tells me how important I am to him and the difference I have made in his life, it makes me smile. During this time I have learned a lot. One thing especially is I learned that no matter how bad a situation may seem, thereâ€™s always a chance at recovery.