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  • Writer's pictureBottsy

Take the Plunge

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

When I first heard about Forged Through I was hesitant. Meeting new people and being in an

unfamiliar environment was not my idea of fun. But I kept hearing about how good this course

was. So with a bit of hesitation I decided to take the plunge, and I’m so thankful I did. Dean and Gina instantly make you feel welcomed and the environment is so relaxing. It truly is a retreat from the modern world.

The knife making is a lot of fun and very interesting, something I’ve never done before but now have a genuine interest in. However the knife making is only part of the experience. Turns out everyone I met over those two days I now consider a close friend and they would be welcome anytime to my house.

To my amazement we all shared stories, both good and bad. I’m normally a very private person with respect to my PTSD and my previous experiences. However, for the first time I can remember, I felt amongst non judgemental people who truly understood me. I didn’t have to spell it out, we all knew what it was like, we’ve all been through it, and we know what each other has been through. Then there’s the stories that truly had me laughing so much my stomach hurt, stories that would fall into “what’s said on course stays on course”. Suffice to say I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much.

The only difficulty I had during the program was actually leaving. That drive down the driveway was ten times more daunting then the drive in, for it was back to the real world.

Attending Forge Through for those two days has really made such a difference for me. I feel like there are people who truly understand me and what I’ve been through, and I no longer feel so alone and isolated. Dean has plans for fishing trips, 4WD and camping adventures throughout the year which provides activities for us all to catch up regularly and continue our friendships and gives us a sense of belonging.

If you have heard about Forge Through and are thinking of attending, contact the page. It’s never a problem. If you are feeling hesitant about attending I understand that, but trust me, it will be worth it.

Mick - NSW Police

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