My Story: Blogs by Four Military Teens is a series of blogs by four military teens that highlights their feelings and experiences before, during, and after parental deployment. It provides support and education for all military teens and pre-teens by honoring their unique joys and sacrifices, addressing their fears and hopes, and exploring how parental deployment affects their lives. Although the four youth in My Story are fictional, the stories are real—the blogs are a compilation of real life experiences of military kids we have been honored to meet and learn from.
The blogs in My Story address issues such as: Pride in parent’s military service, Sadness, anger and confusion regarding deployments, The excitement of homecoming, Challenges of reconnecting after deployment, Finding a "new normal", Teen depression, Dealing with parent’s emotional and physical challenges (e.g., PTSD, substance abuse, injury), Divorce, Resilience and post traumatic growth
For more information about My Story, please see our website at www.SeedsofHopeBooks.com Michelle Sherman
Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D.,
Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a
nationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma and mental
illness on the family. After directing the Family Mental Health
Program at the Oklahoma City VA medical center for 16 years, she is
now a research scientist at the University of Minnesota. She graduated
from the University of Notre Dame and later earned her doctoral degree
in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Dr. Sherman has worked extensively with families dealing with a range
of traumatic experiences, including military combat, domestic
violence, and sexual assault. She co-chaired the American
Psychological Association's (APA) Presidential Task Force on Military
Deployment Services for Youth, Families and Service Members, and is a
Fellow of the APA Division 43 (Society of Family Psychology).
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DeAnne M. Sherman
DeAnne Sherman, Michelle's mother, is a French teacher, trained dancer, and choreographer. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received degrees in French, education, and speech and theater. She owned and operated a dance studio for ten years where she worked extensively with teens and young adults. In addition to being an experienced public speaker, DeAnne also volunteers her time teaching and mentoring junior high and high school students in the performing arts. DeAnne's mission is to educate, affirm, encourage, and cherish each of her students, whether it is in the classroom, in the dance studio, or on the stage. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, and speaking French with her grandsons.