Monday, May 17, 2010


I had an incredible weekend.  Saturday night, I sat at the feet of the most brilliant people I have ever met and listened - My Aunt Loree and Dr. Wil.

My Aunt Loree jetted home for a quick trip.  She is changing the world.  Literally.  She is a general in the army and has created a program/organization that is focused on treating Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the soldiers returning home.  In three years she has begun to change the military's culture of dealing with mental health and has removed some of the stigma of mental health issues.  It is incredible.  I don't think the change is going to stop there.  I believe her work will impact the culture of America as well.  Glenn Close & Ron Howard have jumped aboard, and invited her to be a part of a PSA that will be airing soon about mental health & stigma.  Incredible.

Dr. Wil is a close family friend and a remarkable man.  Every time I am near him, I feel I am a better person for it.  He is 88 and is such a progressive thinker and so loving.  The two of them bantered and discussed, and it was thoroughly stimulating.  It had been awhile since I had been a part of something so mentally stimulating, I was so energized.  On the way home, I was wishing I could be stretched like that more often.

Sunday evening, my mom stopped by Loree's quickly to give her a book.  As they were recapping the evening, Loree had a brilliant idea that someone should record all of Wil's stories and insights.  And, she thinks that person should be me!  I couldn't be more thrilled!  I am so excited and honored to spend time with Dr. Wil.  I know my life will be forever changed.  I can't wait to share with you the tidbits I learn from him.  I think we are going to start the project this summer.  I'll have more details as the week goes on!

Here are some pictures from Saturday night & the PSA

I still can't figure out how to embed a video, so here is the link: PSA


  1. dude. that's amazing, caiti!!! PTSD is such a huge issue that isn't really being confronted.... yay for aunt loree!!!

    and can't wait to read your book ; ]