"You might be wondering, why do I suddenly feel like writing a book, especially for my fellow firefighters. Let me explain. PTSD comes almost guaranteed for most of us, firefighters. On average, 100 firefighters lose their lives in the line of duty. However, that number doubles when it comes to firefighters who end up committing suicide. That is an alarming leap, and that is only a number that has been recorded. There are far more that go on to end their lives and are never recorded. The leading cause of suicide happens to be PTSD, which is why you can imagine my urgency and need to write this book.
What we fail to realize is not only PTSD is causing us to suffer, but it is also putting our relationships in harm's way. These suicidal thoughts, the sudden burst of fear and rage, all can have drastic impacts on those who love us and care for us. Through this book, I also intend to rekindle the spark between couples and let them know how both of them must be there for each other. It is only possible once people accept one simple fact:
“It’s okay to not be okay!”
This book, Building Grit, is all about how I went on to battle my PTSD and emerge victorious, back to live my life the way it was supposed to be lived. It is an account of what I did, and what you should do to seek help. It is a journey that reflects on some of the most horrifying experiences that I have dealt with, and those are only there to let you know that you are not alone. We are in this together, and together, we shall rise once again, bigger, better, and stronger."