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Terrance Joseph Kosikar’s heart rate went up, anxiety levels kicked in full throttle, just before speaking to over 40 men, at the Together We Can Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society yesterday morning.
Kosikar says, “He was so nervous and stressed out due to his insecurities of speaking to more than 4 people at one time.
He felt maybe the people that were listening would get up and walk out of the room, as he knows most of his life people laugh at him behind his back and always says he talks to much.
He sat in a small room, lights off, doing a few breathing exercises to bring his heart rate and mind to a slowed pace, before looking up to his higher power for the strength and confidence to get up and try and inspire and motivate over 40 TRUE WARRIORS who were living in a recovery house taking the proper 1st steps to get there life back on track.
As the room filled , one after another , each man took his seat.
Kosikar says, ” the room just kept filling up, one man after the next, as each warrior took his seat.With each one that sat , Kosikar smiled and knew that his 30 years of suffering was all training JUST FOR THIS MOMENT.
This is his destiny. (more…)

B.C. first responder finishes tire-flipping journey – CTV News

Originally posted CTV News Vancouver here

A British Columbia man who was the first responder to a horrific luge accident during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has finished a personal journey that he undertook in memory of the athlete who died.

Terrance Kosikar arrived at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler on Saturday, completing the final kilometre of his mission to flip a 400-pound tractor tire for a kilometre a day across seven B.C. mountain peaks, all to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders.

“We’ve done a kilometre a day for 36 days,” Kosikar said. “We only started out wanting to do 30 days, but we’ve done 36.”

In this file photo, track volunteers and medical workers pack their gear follwoing the crash Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during men’s luge training, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

He started the expedition on Feb. 12 to mark the six-year anniversary of the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training run.

Kosikar was well-trained in many life-saving techniques when he arrived to help Kumaritashvili, but says he was not prepared to deal with the emotional impact when he couldn’t revive the athlete.

The physical demands of flipping the tire pale in comparison to the emotional struggles people with PTSD face, he said.

“This challenge has not been tough at all,” Kosikar said. “This is something that I do every day anyways to help manage my anxiety, stress, and depression.”

Kosikar runs Camp My Way, a camp for emergency service providers suffering from PTSD, where they can get away from the demands of daily life and find the time and services they need to learn to manage the condition.

With files from the Canadian Press

Originally posted CTV News Vancouver here