For more than two decades, Jamie Lassner was among the cadre of brave men and women that New Yorkers counted on when there’s a crisis. As a volunteer emergency medical technician, it wasn’t unusual for Jamie to lend a hand in dire situations. When everyone else ran from chaos, Jamie and his team ran toward it. That all changed on 9/11 when he tumbled down a stairwell amid the devastation at the World Trade Center. The fall ultimately led to six surgeries on both of his legs, and a near-crippling case of post traumatic stress disorder.
“That’s ridiculous,” Jamie remembers telling the doctor who told him he had PTSD. “I wasn’t crazy.’
On today’s show, Jamie talks about the day that completely changed his life, and how he finally acknowledged the mental and psychological traumas that threatened to derail his life.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS…
- What PTSD is and how it can affect anyone.
- How severe depression led to his obesity, and how he overcame it.
- Why asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness.
- How Jamie is helping disabled persons climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
- And much more…
“We’ve all gone through something that we can help someone else overcome.” – Jamie Lassner
“If you have an injury to your leg, you go to the doctor and take care of it. Likewise, if something is wrong with your brain, you need to seek professional help. There’s no shame in it.” – Jamie Lassner
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