As a career first responder I was emotionally stunted. It may have been just a coping mechanism for the “job” but it took over all aspects of my life. To feel the way, I felt during my experience was the most alive I have been in a very long time.
It made me realize how much I was allowing events, big and small, to pass without giving it the attention and emotional energy I could or should.
Angela and the 343 Fund changed my life forever. I am eternally grateful for her and the fund to help me feel again.
Moving forward I can be a better provider, first responder, friend, human, I am humbled and thankful.
I will never be able to fully describe the gratitude and appreciation I have for Angela and the 343 Fund. They saved my life. I was emotionally stagnant and unable to find happiness. I was incapable of doing anything to dig myself out of that hole until the 343 Fund gave me not just the means, but the true support I needed to step out of the darkness that consumed me. Through the treatment I received I was able to find joy in the simple things in life again. I see the beauty in everything and feel such a deep and profound connectedness with the world and those around me that I haven’t felt since I was a child. I wish everyone could have that experience. We all deserve it.