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A woman, the wife of a Veteran, known here as CeeCee, has been receiving mental health services since August 2019 from Easter Seals Houston‘s Military Program. In this time, she has grown a great deal through addressing her anger, physical pain, and improving her relationships. Talk therapy and evidence-based therapy have helped her find the internal peace she has desired for years and helped her take the steps needed to participate in life without pain limiting her. But this isn’t an account of her growth, rather it is about how she has helped others.

CeeCee loves her family and friends and has always put them first. Through her engagement with mental health services, she identified the importance of communication and connection for her and learned how to let these guide her daily. Some days are easier than others. Yet, she is understanding and patient with herself when she sacrifices the connection with others to share her anger and frustration. Finding ways to live what is important to her by being at peace, using her voice, and connecting with others reaches well beyond her, just ask her friends and family.

CeeCee who is in her 60s has shared what has been helpful to her with those around her. She has encouraged a friend who is in abusive relationship to get help. At the same time, they remain good friends CeeCee knows she can hear the stories of her friend and take care of herself to not be weighed down by what her friend is experiencing. CeeCee has connected an extended family member to Easter Seals services to help this young mother move toward the mental health, occupational, and financial stability she desires. CeeCee hopes this will interrupt the transgenerational pattern of instability this woman is a part of. CeeCee also connected her mother to Easter Seals mental health services in another state. She is excited her mother finally has the chance to voice the trauma she has experienced and find a way to be happy. A little change really goes a long way.

Dr. Cristy Gamez
Easter Seals Greater Houston, Veterans & Military Service, Mental Health

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