A Newfoundland woman who was forced to take a walk in the snow in the middle of the night and cry for three days is now living with posttraumatic stress.
Sarah Deasy says her symptoms worsened when she was first diagnosed with PTSD at the age of 18 and has since been forced to deal with her physical, mental and emotional scars.
“My PTSD symptoms were quite bad,” said Deasy.
“I couldn’t sleep.
I was always having nightmares and just couldn’t fall asleep.
Deasy said she struggled to stay at home during her first three years of living with PTSD, but finally got help when her father and her sister came to visit her. “
It was very difficult.”
Deasy said she struggled to stay at home during her first three years of living with PTSD, but finally got help when her father and her sister came to visit her.
They offered her a place to stay in their home while she recovered from her PTSD symptoms, but she said it wasn’t until two months after her sister returned that she started to feel more stable.
“As soon as we came back, I just started sleeping a lot better,” said the 31-year-old.
“That was really hard.
I had to start doing some things to get out of bed.”
Deasys mother says the housework and cleaning became more and more difficult.
“At the end of the day, she couldn’t help herself,” said Kristina Deasy, Sarah’s mother.
“She’s very stubborn and she wouldn’t give up.”
Kristina says she has never been more proud of her son.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen him be anything but kind, gentle, caring, and always giving.” “
He would always help others and he would always give.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen him be anything but kind, gentle, caring, and always giving.”
Desy says she and her husband have been living in an assisted living facility since January.
They are currently receiving support from the province.
“We need to get some help for Sarah and I,” said her mother.
Deasy has been taking a lot of medication and has had some of her symptoms improve.
“So far, so good,” she said.
“But it’s only been about three days.”
With files from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador’s Laura Hutton