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Change Your Brain Chemistry

(Jonathan Edwards Facebook)

Change Your Brain Chemistry

Men and women serving in the military and law enforcement deal with PTSD in incredible numbers. In most circumstances it’s impossible to avoid. Therefore, everyone needs to find help; each person requires coping mechanisms that are not destructive.

Many of our readers are familiar with Fritch, Texas Police Chief Houston Gass. Law Enforcement Today named him Citizen of the Year in January 2018.

On Jan. 6, 2015, Gass was shot in the face as he responded to a domestic disturbance call with the Pampa Police Department.

After many surgeries and months of difficult recovery, Gass suited up for the first time in two years after being named the Fritch Chief of Police.

LET covered his journey with a feature titled, “He Lived to Tell His Story.” Moreover, his wife, Jessica Gass, authored a poem about “One Shot” that changed their lives. Each one is inspirational.

Gass is passionate about reaching out to officers injured in the line of duty and others suffering from PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

As a result, he sent LET the following message:

We don’t know each other personally, but we do share something in common… we’ve both been shot in the line of duty (referring to Jonathan Edwards).

I’m part of a law enforcement group with over 900,000 members.
I just read that 2 more guys killed themselves because of PTSD and depression.

I don’t have all the answers but I have walked in those shoes.

I know the message is impacting people. The message is helping. I think it’s a Jesus thing, but call it what you will.

Help me help someone else. Someone needs to see it and it may give them the hope they need.

The communication from Gass had a video from Jonathan Edwards attached. After viewing Edwards message we are sharing it with our readers hoping the content will resonate and help anyone in a personal pit of despair.

As a preamble to the video, Edwards wrote:

Change your brain chemistry!!
Stop Hiding!

This message is so very important. We all can dwell in darkness if we choose to. We all hide at some point from something or maybe just ourselves. Please take a few minutes to listen to this message! It is spoken straight from my heart.

I’ve been there! I’ve worn the uniform and the badge. I’ve walked in depression and suicidal thoughts. I’ve been shot in the line of duty. I’ve seen brothers die. I’ve had the ptsd diagnosis! There is hope! You are not alone.

One year after being shot in the line of duty, Edwards responded to God’s call on his life. There was a new vision for his future. It was The EmPowered Project. From their website you will find the following details:

Body

We take your physical strength and fitness goals seriously. We understand becoming your best can be challenging, and our goal is to help you overcome hurdles and reach your goals. We will empower you through training and knowledge to take your strength and fitness to a whole new level.

The Body is more than just linear. We believe that to be your best physically you must grow in the following areas equally:

Cardio-vascular/ Respiratory endurance
Stamina
Strength
Flexibility
Power
Speed
Coordination
Agility
Balance
Accuracy

Soul

The mind, will and emotions play such a huge role in our day to day fitness. By training ourselves in this area we can become more equipped to handle anything that might come our way.

The mind makes decisions based on the input of the emotions and will. You are in control of your thoughts. Take them captive and begin moving toward your best!

Spirit

Who we are and how we are connected to our creator is the driving force that will often push us further toward our potential than anything else. It is because of this that we must train our spirit just as we train our body and soul. We must practice silence, contemplate and weigh our lives against the example of Jesus and the Bible. Only then will we be empowered to live to our full potential.

This video tells more of Edwards story:

– LET STAFF

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The staff of Law Enforcement Today is compiled of career cops. Cumulatively we possess nearly a century of experience in the business of police work. Our backgrounds derive from the East Coast, West Cost, South and Upper Midwest. Moreover, we connect with our readers through social media everyday. As a result, we have our finger on the pulse of American law enforcement.

What an awesome post! The scientific research overwhelmingly shows that people with active spiritual beliefs recover better from illness and trauma. The neuroscience is also clearly showing that the way we think directly changes the physical structures of the brain and our moods. We control our brains. Our brains do not control us. Christian readers can read more about this from noted neuroscientist and Christian author Caroline Leaf in her book “Switch on Your Brain”. God is a God of hope and healing.

I’ve been out from Law Enforcement going on 10 years now. My demise started after I was Assaulted and stabbed when assigned to the jail in Buncombe County Sheriffs Office in December, 2006. I’ve worked as a Municipal Police Officer in Pennsylvania as well as a State Constable and the as a Deputy in Buncombe County Sheriffs in Asheville N.C. Even though I don’t wash my sorrels away with alcohol anymore, I still struggle with depression. I felt as if the Sheriffs Office let me down after I had another personal incident that caused me to be terminated. Even though they offered me to go to counseling, Administrators terminated me, to which the counseling was not paid for band or offered to me anymore. I should have fought the decision but I lost faith in the brotherhood that threw me under the bus. Maybe some day I’ll get to achieve a position as a LEO again, but at the age of 51, it highly unlikely. One thing is for sure, my brothers and that are working out in the field now -a -days are up for the battle of their lives! I will always consider myself true blue and I would not ever hesitate to help if an Officer was ever in need. I was first sworn in on January 5th, 1989, and it was the best thing to ever happen to me and I served with Honor, Dignity, and Love for my family in Blue. Please stick together and back your fellow Officers up, No Matter What! Sometimes it’s the only family some of us have……

Stay Safe Brothers and Sisters!
John Guacci

Ps. I still haven’t gotten my Purple Heart. Is there a way that it can be achieved?

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