“I tried counseling for the longest time. It helped kind of break the ice a little bit. I tried, you know, all the combat cocktails. Try this medication, see if it works out. Try that medication, see if it works out.”
“I don’t have to worry about checking a door, or glancing down the hallways when I’m walking out to see anything. It’s just, the trust is there.”
Master Sergeant (Retired) Chris Jachimiec served in various capacities in the United States Air Force for 21 years. After completing multiple deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan, Chris explored various treatments for his trauma-related symptoms, and ultimately found success with the SGB procedure. Since his SGB procedure, Chris feels calmer, more attentive, and hopeful that he’s transitioning into long-term recovery.
“I just felt that something was missing. And as a result, it kind of made me fearful of my surroundings. It was like I just couldn’t feel at home.”
“I have learned to relax and that fear is beginning to leave me, and that state of vigilance that I had been in for these whole 60 years, it’s gone.”
Dennis Finley is a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient. Since Vietnam, Dennis never felt grounded – he always felt “something” was going to happen, and struggled to try to process multiple thoughts at a time. Dennis sought treatment with the SGB procedure and has since lost these feelings of constant vigilance. He has renewed feelings of trust, remains grounded, and is relieved at his profound “new normal.”
“We’re taught to adapt and overcome. A lot of times we go through life thinking that’s the only way to cope with how we feel. You just try to push through it, thinking that’s all there is.”
“What I used to do was wake up, take my kids to school, and come back and lay down. Now I get home and I find something to do outdoors. I refuse to go inside until I need to. And just being able to enjoy the sunlight, it’s just amazing.”
Master Sergeant (Retired) Rumaldo Parra served in the Marine Corps for 22 years. He completed combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was taught to “adapt and overcome,” a mentality he held with him throughout the entirety of his service. Rumaldo sought out the SBG procedure to relieve him of his suffering. Since his SGB procedure, he has increased energy, more engaged relationships with his children and an excitement for the life ahead of him.
“So I have a lot of problems with irritability. And it’s taken a toll on not only me, but mostly my wife. And now I can see it a little bit on my kids, and it’s not a good feeling. And I get a lot of anxiety, all the time, so I hope it might relieve some of that.”
“I feel lighter, like mentally lighter. And I was telling the friends in the waiting room that I don’t feel as anxious, which is weird. It’s weird because I had gotten so used to feeling like that.”
Lance Corporal (Ret.) Arturo Weber served as a rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corps. While on patrol in Iraq, Weber was hit by a sniper – sustaining injuries that required he undergo over 100 surgeries in one year. In 2007, LCpl Weber was awarded the Purple Heart by President George W. Bush. After medically retiring from military service in 2009, he suffered from irritability, anger and anxiety that was beginning to affect his family life. After his SGB procedure, Arturo feels less anxious and is no longer worried about the injuries he sustained in combat. Arturo hopes to be an example to his fellow veterans.
“Life is like an emotional rollercoaster that’s built an internal prison of, you know seclusion, just acts of desperation to try to deal with it on my own.”
“When I woke, it was this feeling that something had been lifted off my chest. That everything seemed brighter. I didn’t feel that sense of impending doom.”
Corporal (Ret.) Mario Alberto Mena served in the US Marine Corps for four years and served two tours in Iraq as a machine gunner (2nd Battalion, 7th Marines). Mena was twice awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries he received during his two tours in Iraq. After his medical evacuation, Mena accepted that he had both physical and mental wounds to heal. A loving father and husband, Mena realized that “it takes more courage to fix something that we know is broken than to ignore it.” Mena advocates for the SGB procedure, especially for those who have suffered from protracted trauma.
“I’m here because I’m desperate for a change. Just yearning to feel like myself again.”
“I feel there’s still a general calm, which is really nice. I haven’t felt that way- I don’t even really know what to do with myself because I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that level of calm in my brain.”
From a young age, Kira Sands experienced many forms of abuse, which put her mind and body in a constant state of fear. Even after years of meditation, supplements and therapy, Kira’s progress often hit a wall. After having the SGB procedure, she has found that certain words, smells, sounds and situations that would put her in a near frozen state of fear, are now seemingly insignificant. Kira has newfound ambition and motivation – she feels like she is finally living a life that is hers.
“I realized I was hiding in these relationships, because I just didn’t know how to step back into life.”
“This is so nice. What’s interesting, is I’ve been anxious for so many years now, that I almost feel like my body wants to go to it, but it doesn’t. I haven’t talked this calmly for a very long time.”
Amber Lee has suffered from various forms of assault, abuse, trauma and anxiety, from an early age and well into her adult life. She has opted to have the SGB procedure as a part of a larger program of treatment and recovery.
“Clarence’s nightmares would keep me up at night. I would start to get anxiety when we’d go to a restaurant, because he’d get anxiety, and it was really affecting my life as well.”
“It was done in ten minutes and our life changed. The anxiety was gone. We just felt so relieved. We felt relaxed. We went back to the hotel. We slept. We ate. We just couldn’t stop smiling.”
Molly and her husband Clarence were suffering from trauma resulting from Clarence’s wrongful conviction, imprisonment, and the years leading up to his exoneration. Clarence suffered from insomnia and nightmares, and together they experienced severe anxiety. Both Molly and Clarence received the SGB procedure and are more effectively managing these painful symptoms of trauma, living a welcomed, calmer life.