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I quit my job and we moved to North Carolina near Camp LeJeune, where we still live. I took a job as a systems administrator for the AV-8B Harrier Pilot Training Program and at the same time we became full time parents to our grandson Gavin.

While deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 Eric sustained numerous injuries and is now 100% disabled. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), spinal chord damage as well as several other conditions. In September of 2008 he was involved in a serious automobile accident and was evacuated via a life flight to East Carolina University Hospital. Through their skill and Eric’s will he miraculously walked away from the hospital that same night, though he is no longer able to drive.

We have always looked for ways to overcome hardship rather than to succumb and never complain. I suppose that is one reason I am a registered Yoga Alliance teacher, it was a positive step for me. This in turn led me to discover iRest Yoga Nidra. It resonated inside of me and when I researched it further, I was compelled to walk down this wonderful path that would let the healing process begin for both of us.

With the help of a scholarship I was able to attend iRest Level 1 Training. It has had a tremendously positive impact on my life. I would do anything to help my husband Eric. I feel iRest Yoga Nidra is the program that will help him heal and me to be able to take part in this recovery process while helping me cope.

I would love to be able to continue and help other Marines as well and to do this full time. I would like to continue my training and be able to reach out to other soldiers, veterans and their families. We will need your help. Ask yourself how you can help and believe in America. Please share.