Christal Presley, memoir: Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD

Sat 2/23  2pm-3pm

Christal Presley, memoir: Thirty Days with My Father:  Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD

Health Communications (Consortium) $14.95 pb 9780757316463

 

"Whether you are a professional who treats veterans and their loved ones, or a person at risk for military PTSD, or anyone who cares, you will be profoundly moved by this eloquent memoir."
Frank Ochberg, MD, award-winning mental health expert who helped define the term "post-traumatic stress disorder"

 

When Christal Presley's father was eighteen, he was drafted to Vietnam. Like many men of that era who returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), he was never the same. Christal's father spent much of her childhood locked in his room, gravitating between the deepest depression and unspeakable rage, unable to participate in holidays or birthdays. At a very young age, Christal learned to walk on eggshells, doing anything and everything not to provoke him, but this dance caused her to become a profoundly disturbed little girl. At the age of eighteen, Christal left home and didn't look back. She barely spoke to her father for the next thirteen years.


To any outsider, Christal appeared to be doing well: she earned a BA and a master's, got married, and traveled to India. But despite all these accomplishments, Christal still hadn't faced her biggest challenge her relationship with her father. In 2009, something changed. Christal decided it was time to begin the healing process, and she extended an olive branch. She came up with what she called "The Thirty Day Project," a month's worth of conversations during which she would finally ask her father difficult questions about Vietnam. Thirty Days with My Father is a gritty yet heartwarming story of those thirty days of a daughter and father reconnecting in a way that will inspire us all to seek the truth, even from life's most difficult relationships. This beautifully realized memoir shares how one woman and her father discovered profound lessons about their own strength and will to survive, shedding an inspiring light on generational PTSD.

 

 

 

Event date: 
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Next to Foster's Market & Kitchen
27514 Chapel Hill
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By Christal Presley, Edward Tick (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780757316463
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Health Communications - November 2012