These are the very real and personal stories of first responders who have struggled with PTSD and the stigma that surrounds it. They have taken a brave step in sharing their experiences with others, in hopes of helping someone through the tunnel to the light.
Kelly is a former Civilian Member with the RCMP and this is her story.
My name is Kelly and in 2001, I had to re-invent my life because of a work injury that caused paralysis in my left arm. After a few years of rehab, I decided to go back to school and received a diploma for Business/Office skills. Literally, 3 days after completion I was told of a job with the RCMP. I was able to get an interview through some of the people I knew. I went through vigorous security screening and training.
My first day was April 03, 2003. I was now a TCE, Temporary Civilian Employee. My job, an Intercept Monitor. I had no idea what I would be doing, just that I had to be proficient with computers, type at least 40 words a minute and be somewhat street smart? I absolutely, completely LOVED my job! T…