Sometimes the toll that tragedy takes on us is slow and terrible. Depression isn’t always easy to see, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t as harmful to ourselves and the people around us.
When Bob retired from the New York City Fire Department, he knew he was only leaving after giving his all at one of the most devastating attacks on American soil.
But life for the first responder at 9/11 was not easy as the city did its best to heal.
His wife, Diane saw how it affected him over the years.
“Bob went off into his own little world,” she said. “He stopped exercising; he just stopped doing everything that he ever liked or enjoyed doing.”
When they were visiting family members and Bob was unable to keep up with the kids playing like he used to, it became obvious that his health was failing him.
“I would say that is definitely one of the saddest moments of his life,” Diane said.
But Bob had an inner strength unlike most, and he fought a battle against himself to change it all.