“This will have implications for anyone facing stress which, of course, means all of us,” said Gilbert. “The continued growth of the Center will enhance ECU’s recognition as a national leader in the emerging approaches to stress management.”
Kirby’s journey to healing has been long but successful. His physical injuries required 32 surgeries and corrective procedures. His invisible wounds led to four years of treatment at ECU. He is now attending college, starting a family and “grabbing as much of life as possible,” he said.
Sgt. Aaron Elliott has also seen progress after working with the center. He has been in treatment with the program about a year, seeking help for symptoms related to a traumatic brain injury from multiple concussions. Elliott served in Kuwait and experienced more than a dozen deployments in Iraq.
“The biofeedback and breathing techniques that I have learned have lowered my anxiety and blood pressure,” Elliott said. The staff at the center explained the biofeedback techniques so he could use them at home.
“I have not had the severe chest pains that are debilitating in almost a year,” said Elliott.
Sgt. Christopher Soldana experienced both traumatic brain injury and severe PTSD. He served 13 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including three deployments to Iraq.