Jen Sees Josh Groban and Sara McLachlan

November 12, 2016

Jen is a veteran of the United States Navy and a single mother of two boys.  She is living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of her military service.  Jen shared with us how difficult it can be to cope with the daily challenges of her condition:

“PTSD makes my daily life very difficult. Such simple things as making or receiving phone calls are a struggle for me. I struggle to not allow my desire for isolation get in the way of a healthy social life for my boys. I try to keep my thoughts and actions positive and show my children that a disability defines one’s diagnosis and treatment plan, but it doesn’t define one’s self.  My general personality is one of happiness and optimism, sarcasm and a love of comedy, art and music.”

Jen’s sister Dawn worries continually and had noticed a decline in Jen’s optimism and joy.  She often finds herself desperate to help her sister.  It was during one of these times of desperation that Dawn found Do It For The Love and nominated Jen for a wish grant.

In a wonderful twist of fate, Jen’s two favorite singers, Josh Groban and Sara McLachlan, were on tour together.  Jen, her two sisters and her sister’s best friend all attended the concert together.  Jen cried when Sara McLachlan sang “Adia” and when Josh Groban sang “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables.  She was overwhelmed when her two favorite singers sang a duet to her favorite song, “Arms of Angels”.

In that moment she thought, “Of all the low times in my life that I could have gone where my thoughts were leading me, I’m glad I stuck to it so that I didn’t miss this once in a lifetime experience. Now I feel like things might be tough, but with this renewed hope, we can get through anything.”

Like Jen and her family, we know the healing power of music and we are honored to be a small part of her journey.  Jen sums up the impact of her wish grant beautifully:

“I am so grateful you all go out of your way to share a little joy. If everyone in the world were just like you and kind and grateful artists like Josh Groban, there would be no more PTSD. The trauma would dissipate in the security of knowing we’re not alone – we’re all in it together.”