A Salute to Spouses/Caregivers of Veterans with Gulf War Illness/Syndrome (Deployed and Non-Deployed)
Originally published November 11th, 2019 in PsychCentral's blog, Narcissism Meets Normalcy. Written by Lenora Thompson.
We never raised our right hand and vowed to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” but we may as well have. We simply said “I Do” and, Baby, as far as I’m concerned, we spouses/caregivers became veterans every bit as much as our spouse who suffers from GWI, deployed or non-deployed. Only we’re not in for four or eight years. We’re in "til death do us part" because Gulf War Illness never quits.
This isn't an article. Just a chat over coffee with friends. Do you take it black or white...or is that considered a racially insensitive question too!?!
Like Q, please don't mistake my recent silence for inaction. I've been a busy little bee, full of stings, making honey day and night...how did Bette Davis get into this!?!
So much has happened!
Where to start?
As soon as Donald Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, screams of "Narcissist!" resounded through cyberspace.
It was the perfect label at the perfect time. The whole Narcissism trend had just started and I was in the perfect place at the perfect time too. As Trump began his presidential campaign, I began writing PsychCentral's first dedicated narcissism blog, Narcissism Meets Normalcy.
"Relinquish your God-given freedom and we will keep you safe."
Isn't that what all cults say?
That's the deal I was given. It was a deal I took because I was too young, too brainwashed, too submissive, too afraid to do otherwise.
In the end, I received neither freedom nor safety.
So it troubles me deeply when I see our society as a whole bartering their freedoms for so-called "safety."
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