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Saturday, December 12, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT & REVIEW: Further Than Yesterday: That's All That Counts By Medric "Cous" Cousineau, SC, CD

Further Than Yesterday: That's All That Counts
By Medric "Cous" Cousineau, SC, CD
Genre: Nonfiction
Invictus Maneo Publishing 

A high-functioning, Royal Military College graduate becomes a naval aviator in a high stress career.  What grips him and pushes him to the very brink of despair, so close that he almost steps off into a black abyss that is terminally irreversible?

Further Than Yesterday, is the first hand account that answers that question.  The story chronicles of a journey of Hope that delivers a unique perspective of the battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including the devastating effects of Institutional Betrayal by the Armed Forces.   The desperate suicidal aviator is saved by an unlikely partner, Thai, a service dog trained to intervene in PTSD.

Captain (Ret.) Cousineau’s story starts out following a young officer’s career that showed great promise before quickly turning into a sojourn in a personal hell that threatens his life, his marriage and his family after a perilous, daring high seas rescue.  For the rescue, Cousineau became the first RMC graduate to be awarded the Star of Courage.
With stark candor, the first person account follows not only his struggles to deal with a devastating injury and the complexity of addictions, but parallels the evolution of a misunderstood injury that has become the scourge of modern militaries and the societies that they protect.

Decades in Hell are replaced with a new outlook and a burning desire to help others obtain help through the acquisition of highly trained specialized service dogs to help veterans combat PTSD. The challenges of PTSD and the horrific effects on a family left Cousineau in a position where he needed outside help to secure the greatest aid to his recovery and re-integration with his family.  Paws Fur Thought became his way to give back that which he was so freely and fortunately given.

To fund the Paws Fur Thought Initiative, Thai the Service Dog and Cousineau undertook a grueling Long Walk to Sanity, a thousand and sixty five kilometer march over 50 days, during which he was forced to look deep inside himself and his injury, learning essential information in the process of teaching others about PTSD, the misunderstood mental injury that carries a huge weight of Stigma.

Further than Yesterday will challenge the reader to confront their own humanity, and their society’s betrayal of its military veterans.   The story is a raw, brutal and poignant journey that confronts head on mental health issues including the “Black Dog” of Depression and Suicide.

My Review:

‘…the seeds of torment that I would fight for the next three decades had just been planted.’

This is a story of tragic loss, deep emotional devastation,  grief, and healing beyond compare. This is the story of Medric ‘Cous’ Cousineau and a service dog named Thai. It is epically and graphically written, painting a vivid picture of the life of a military first responder during a tremendously harrowing set of circumstances that lead to a long bout with crippling PTSD.  And Cousineau’s rocky road to recovery after his introduction to a yellow lab who helps him to restore (and possibly preserve) his life. I love the honesty in which Cous writes about his own pain and experiences that brought on his pain. A great read, and a very inspirational ending that still goes on even the book is finished. I highly recommend this book, and rate it easily at five stars.

Author Bio

Cous, a Royal Military College graduate with a degree in English, was injured doing Search and Rescue in 1986, and was awarded the Star of Courage. He has battled PTSD ever since, and in 2012 was paired with his PTSD Service Dog, Thai. As a result, his wife Jocelyn and he co-founded Paws Fur Thought, an initiative that fund raises and advocates to pair other disabled veterans with their Service Dogs.  “Further Than Yesterday” is the first volume of a pending trilogy. Cous has been awarded a Mental Health Inspiring Lives award and recognized as the PetLynx Urban Animal Innovator of the Year in 2014. When not busy writing and delivering motivational speeches, Cous can be found reading, traveling, studying history, fishing, listening to music and walking his dog at the beach.  Cous also shares the house with his wife, her Service Dog, several cats and their grown daughter Jennifer when she chooses.

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