buy neurontin uk My son is a Marine, and although I have many family members in the Military, I had never lived with any of them while they were active duty to see firsthand what the Military life entailed. The day my son, my baby, left for Parris Island is the day life as I had known it for 18 years completely changed.

None of my friends’ children went into the Military, so I felt terrified and alone. I did have a huge feeling of pride, but I was so uneducated and uninformed, that I felt like my heart was shriveling up inside me as I dropped my son off at the Recruiters Office. Of course I was beating myself up thinking, “Get a grip, Ashley. Other parents do this all the time. What is wrong with me?”

Then one day, Facebook suggested MMN as a group I might be interested in, because I was in two Marine MoM’s support groups. This is where I found my home…my encouragement…my safe place. You see, there were thousands and thousands of Mamas who felt just like I did. Some had years of knowledge and experience, while others were newbies like me. Geriann, our leader has created an organization for all of us Military Mamas, regardless of what Branch of the Military, and we were in all 50 states!! And did I mention that these Mamas felt like I did ? (Yes,??) It was such a relief to know that I wasn’t completely alone or crazy.

Since joining, I have had the privilege of being a member of our Card Team, being an Admin, and now performing in the role of moderator to write words of encouragement 4 times a week. I have been able to spill my tears, help others wipe theirs, send cards and boxes, be a presence in the night for Mamas whose children were contemplating the unthinkable, and even getting help for the Mamas who just couldn’t survive this alone. We have responded to hundreds of emergencies involving our Military Families, and some of these actions require an immediate response. We don’t expect anything in return. And we do it all out of love, respect, and our intense sense of loyalty. We set our standards high and Geriann and the admins make sure they aren’t compromised. We are the Best of the Best. We are Military Mama Network Warriors!!! OohRah!