From Stagnant to Reinvigorated: Healing Through the Power of Team

For Jeremy, it was a slow progression.

“Don’t bother me.”

“Nothing’s wrong with me — I’m fine.”

He’d get mad for no reason. His fears grew.

He tried to push everything away.

“Every time you do that, you push it down and push it down and bottle it up and eventually it’ll break open, and for me it finally broke,” he said. “I didn’t think anything was wrong, and I didn’t want that help.”

But something was wrong. He’d reached a stagnant point in life. The Marine’s PTSD and TBI were relentless. He’d have to hit bottom before he started to find his way out.

“I was constantly searching for a fulfillment I just couldn’t find,” he said.

When he met his wife, an old church friend, life started to look a little less bleak. Then No Barriers Warriors came across in his email inbox and, though not a mountaineer, he applied on a whim.

He relished the chance to be in a team again. To remember how it used to be, he said.

“I used to shoot competitively with vets,” he said. “I haven’t shot with them in, gosh, it’s been about four years now. So I have that sense of pride through a team.”

Jeremy said a large barrier in his life is socializing. He doesn’t do well in large groups and while overcoming that will be a lifelong journey, the journey to summit Mount Whitney with No Barriers Warriors helped.

“It was nice not to worry about what people thought of my injuries, knowing that I could relate with other people,” he said.

Now, he is learning to move beyond his past. “It’s there; it’s not going to go away,” he said. “But you’ve got so many opportunities in front of you to be happy.”

Jeremy continues to push himself to be a good husband. When the time comes, he said he’d like to be a good father, and have healthy relationships with whomever he encounters.

“Being able to (climb Whitney) really lit a fire, reinvigorated me to seek out help if I need it, to enjoy the friends that I have around and not to be a recluse,” he said. “It gave me that extra boost I was really needing.

“Life’s good.”