22 Veterans a day take their own lives due to triggers associated with post traumatic stress. Thats over 8000 veteran suicides a year....
What if told you that no matter where you are in the world you could provide someone with a life saving hug?
“Chelsea changed my life and I'm proud to share my story. From the first time I put the blanket on I felt relaxed and comforted. I slept so hard and for long periods of time. I couldn't believe how well it worked!
I served 13 years in the military as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. I spent 3+ years on 5 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. My mission? To disarm all the road side improvised explosive devices (IEDs), hunt down the emplacers, and support every Coalition Force who didn't have an explosive expert. I have been embedded with Seal Teams, US Special Forces, USMC Recon Teams, British Royal Marines, Polish Special Forces, etc. To sum it up I have seen a fair share of war. This all came with a price. I'm now a disabled veteran who suffers like many veterans with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. I've tried every form of therapy and it doesn't seem to help. I can't sleep longer than a few hours and I wake up with night terrors and panic attacks. It effects me so much that I'm afraid to go to sleep. I stay awake until I pass out.
I resorted to lifting weights as my therapy. I met Chelsea through a friend who I work out with. I called her one day asking for help because I knew she was an OT. She knew I was in the military and asked if I ever used a weighted blanket as therapy. I didn't know what she was talking about. She continued and said the blanket helped one of her friends with PTSD. I opened up a little to her to tell a part of my story and she gladly offered her blanket for me to try.
When I am in the blanket I feel all my stress go away. When my anxiety is high or I feel anxious I wrap myself in the blanket and it takes away the worry. The blanket helps me concentrate too. I lose focus easily and if I need to pay attention I cover myself in the blanket and do my work. I have yet to experience anything that can calm me when I have night terrors; the weighted blanket does it in minutes. I can't believe there is not more information and knowledge of the uses of a weighted blanket. If you know a vet or anyone who suffers from any or all these conditions and want to help this is what you can do. FIRST give them a hug, they really do calm a person who is having a problem. Second, take a second out of your busy life and SUPPORT this amazing cause to make these life saving blankets. She is doing it purely to help loved ones. It is a life changing experience and weighted blankets are worth their weight in gold.”
Andrew J. Petrulis, MSgt, USAF
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician
My name is Chelsea Carisio, I am not a veteran, I am an occupational therapist that has dedicated my life to helping others find there highest quality of life and overcome any challenge they may have. During my time as an OT I have utilized many theraputic approaches to work with individuals of all ages, but no matter what the challenge, diagnosis, and there personal goal I kept finding myself come back to the use of weighted materials. Over and over I have seen the benefits of using weighted blankets, vests, wraps etc. But I have also been saddened by the blank stares of so many when I start to make them aware of this amazing object no one has introduced them too.
Stop and think about your loved ones, your friends, neighbors, and so on. That everyday are living with
Depression, Anxiety, Aggression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) or Bipolar Disorder. No matter what the cause all of these are effected by severe decrease of a brain chemical called seretonin. If you could give theese individuals a tight hug for 3-8 hours a day you would be able to relieve there symptoms by at least 50%. The deep pressure of a hug is the magical key! When humans receive the feeling of deep pressure to there skin and joints it naturally calms and relaxes the body, promoting sleep and stress relief and overall a decrease of anxiety and increase of quality of life.
I am calling upon everyone to step up and support our veterans. I am asking you to be an educator, to give a hug to be the mother you are, the amazingly supportive spouse you have always been. I am asking that you recognize how under educated and how under assisted this population is and will help us to save lives. Snug as a Bugz is asking for support to provide weighted blankets and education to thoose in need. With your support we will be able to make a very small dent by providing blankets and education to help decrease the severe symptoms theese individuals live with every day.
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Snug as a Bugz is asking for support to provide weighted blankets and education to our American war veterans. These blankets give the gift of comfort.
Snug as a Bugz is asking for support to provide weighted blankets and education to thoose in need. With your support we will be able to make a very small dent by providing blankets and education to help decrease the severe symptoms theese individuals