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Tim's Story

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With donor support, St. Joseph’s is better able to protect those who protect us, by providing care and funding research to renew hope after trauma.

On October 5, 2010, Tim Nightingale’s life changed. Stationed in Afghanistan, his unit was clearing an area of explosives when an unexpected blast sent the bodies of his fellow soldiers flying through the air. He ran to help, but the casualties were severe. Tim had to wear his blood-soaked clothes for 3 more days.

Tim thought he had been spared an injury… but after his return home, people noticed a change. He experienced flashbacks, he lashed out, and he lived with extreme survivor’s guilt. 

Tim knew he wanted – needed – to get better. With the help of St. Joseph’s Operational Stress Injury Clinic, he learned to care for his mental health, and realized that talking about it is the first step to recovery.

Today, Tim says he’s feeling stronger than ever and is finally able to enjoy his life again.

Watch: Bringing the Battle Home

Summer 2018 Update: How has Tim’s life changed since we last heard from him?

Sharing his story with St. Joseph’s brought closure to Tim in ways he never expected. 

After coverage of Tim’s story aired at the 2017 Tribute Dinner, he was contacted by the mother of Danny, a soldier who died that day in Afghanistan. Tim also heard from Bob, a soldier he assisted after the explosion: despite a grim outlook in the field, Bob survived, and has gone on to start a family. Tim, Bob, and Danny’s mother plan to reunite for the first time this summer.

In his own life, Tim continues to thrive. He was recently promoted to Warrant Officer, and received a commendation for 12 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces. Grateful for the support he received after his own traumatic experiences, he continues to pay it forward by volunteering with an online support group for Mission Butterfly, a post-traumatic stress disorder advocacy organization.

“The support that donors give helps people like me recover so that we can get back out there and do what we do – protect our country.”

Tim Nightingale
Patient, Operational Stress Injury Clinic

St. Joseph’s Operational Stress Injury Clinic (OSI Clinic) is fully funded by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). Donor funds provide additional care and comfort support, and fund specialized research to further advance care. St. Joseph’s is proud to partner and work with VAC in support of our Veterans.