Veteran, journalist, traumatic brain injury survivor and endurance athlete Amanda Burrill talks all things knowing your healthcare rights and how to advocate for them.
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Stories from others on healing and finding purpose to remind us if they can we can too.
When I first met Amanda Burrill, boy, was I intimidated! Not only is she highly accomplished as a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Journalism School, a professional endurance athlete, cook, TV Host, journalist but ::drum roll please::
SHE ALSO SPENT 10 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY AS A NAVY RESCUE SWIMMER AND SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER (I KNOW, RIGHT?!)
It's everybody's right to
feel healthy, to feel 100%
Amanda and I conducted this interview on November 11th, Veterans Day 2019. Veterans Day is really special to me because my entire family on both sides (yes, **entire**) going waaaaay back have all served in the military, whether in the United States military or abroad. I almost did too
but I got a scholarship for university right before beginning school. Everyone who has served in my family served during an active warfare time and as a result, a fair amount of them have suffered from PTSD at one point or another. It’s part of the reason why I’m so passionate about trauma recovery. I have always wondered what life could have been like for some of my family, my grandfather, in particular, had they not been suffering so much from their experiences in war. What hopes would they have had, what dreams could they have seen come to life?
Amanda brought so much wisdom and insight into this conversation. She talks about this very thing, the broad diagnosis of PTSD for active duty servicemen and women, veterans and her take on psychological prescription drug treatments - when it’s needed and when we are overprescribing. She also talks about the lack of awareness around traumatic brain injuries and post-concussive syndrome, which she unknowingly suffered from for over 10 years. Instead of being treated for a concussion, she was overprescribed psychiatric drugs - and, had she not continued fighting and advocating for herself to obtain her medical records - those prescriptions could have produced more long term damage.
We also talk about ‘losing time’ when sick. What it means for us when we are sidelined and struggling with the frustration of feeling behind compared to our peers, or even more frustratingly, from the expectations you had for yourself. Her main measure of success comes from knowing that she’s fought to get where she is now.