From: John Velez <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 02:38:23 -0500 Fwd Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 07:36:07 -0500 Subject: Re: Psychological Trauma - Velez >Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 22:55:32 -0500 >From: Ron Cecchini <Ron.Cecchini@GD-CS.COM> >Subject: Psychological Trauma [was: UFO/ET Book For Children] >To: UFO UpDates <email@example.com> >>Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 13:07:39 -0400 >>To: firstname.lastname@example.org >>From: John Velez <email@example.com> >>Subject: Re: UFO/ET Book For Children >>If so, has any consideration been given to the fact that; a ten >>or twelve year old who 'may be' having disturbing UFO/alien >>experiences already, and who has not yet made any connection >>between those experiences and UFOs/aliens (on their own,) are >>being "introduced" to an "explanation" that they may wrongly (or >>rightly) accept and cling to for life? ><snip> Hiya Ron, You wrote: >Color me curious, but I'd be really interested in hearing the >stories of those who've had to go through what you went through: >the questioning, the doubts, the fear, the paranoia, the "Am I >losing my mind?", the slow unravelling of the clues, etc. >I have a fairly vivid imagination, and I'm seeing a >"psychological thriller" of sorts playing out in my head, and I >can't help but be very interested to hear what the actual steps >were that some of you had to take. I hope you don't mind if I get 'lazy' but I'm just going to do a cut/paste from a note I wrote to someone else privately recently. I hope it will answer your question. _Before_ I went to Hopkins I subjected myself to a complete psychological evaluation. I did that for two reasons. 1. I honestly believed that I might be losing my mind because I was 'seriously' entertaining the idea that the experiences/events were based in physical reality. That thought was so repugnant to me (on many levels) that I chose to question my own sanity before accepting something so outrageous as being fact. Just a note: I 'passed' with flying colors. In fact, the shrink was so complimentary of me during my evaluation that I felt embarrassed at times. The point is, other than some 'normal range' neurosis, (doesn't interfere with my ability to function in the world) I checked out just fine. In all candor there were some issues with 'anger' and which is something I've kinda had all my life, and some unresolved anxieties, but no 'major' glitches. I'm generally stable, in good touch with my feelings and the people around me, and my intellectual faculties are functional and intact. 2. I didn't 'know' Hopkins and therefore I did not 'trust' him to give me a completely objective/unbiased evaluation. He -earned- that trust from me over time. A period of about six years. Briefly, about Budd: I don't know what your opinion of him is Ron. There is a lot of BS out there about Budd and his character. All I can tell you from my own fist hand experience is that he is an intelligent and honorable person who conducts his 'business' (work with abductees) in a completely straight, professional, and above board manner. No 'leading', no 'contaminating' no none of the things that he is accused of (usually) by people who have never spent any time studying him live, in-person, and close-up. Negative comments always seem to come from folks who really do not know him at all. If you'll notice, the folks that tend to 'defend' Budd when such attacks occur are people that _know_ him personally. The bottom line is; I was very careful and thorough about how I looked into my own 'case'. I went to the very best people I could find. With all sincerity, I have come by my opinions and beliefs honestly. It hasn't been easy. That is why I react to certain "abductees" the way I do. Keeping the noise level down in an environment like the Internet is just mission impossible. It's like a public toilet. Anybody can walk in and drop a stinking load. But there is a 'core' of solid people with solid cases that cry out for further investigation. The din created by a certain faction (mostly over the Internet) makes it all the harder for folks to focus on these more 'tangible' cases. Beyond all that, to fairly describe all the psychological, emotional and intellectual ins-and-outs of the process of 'coming to grips' with the situation, it would _literally_ take a book to do it. No BS. >Just curious, but have you had x-rays taken? Only when my physician deemed it necessary Ron, and only on the part of my body that he was trying to 'check out.' Funny you should ask, one of the first things I volunteered to do for the producers of the NOVA segment on abduction (when she first invited me to participate) was, that I would be willing to take any kind of medical exam i.e.; MRI, X-rays, blood tests etc. (anything short of intrusive surgery actually) but they never performed any of those tests. And for the same reason my own doctor won't do 'em... they do not want to subject anyone to tests that they cannot justify on medical grounds. They'd catch all kinds of hell from their insurance outfits and medical review boards. As much as I'd like to get 'head shots' and scans of one or two other parts of my body, unless I break something in the general area, it's no dice. Besides, an MRI scan of the head alone costs $1000.00 + US funds. I'm a working stiff - I don't have that kind of scratch to burn. I do have an interesting story though. I had a chest picture taken about 25 years ago that freaked the doctor out. There appeared to be a solid looking metal tube inside one of my coronary arteries! I've never had a 'stent' or any kind of heart surgery. He took two more shots and the thing appeared in all of them. I never went back to him so there was no follow-up to the story. But 'curious' nonetheless. I have also been told by doctors that there are 'signs' of "surgical procedures" (their choice of words, not mine) having been performed inside my head. (Sinuses) I've never had any of that either. My body is also living in complete stasis (no damage being done) with Hepatitis C. Something my gastroenterologist (who specializes in diseases of the liver) tells me makes me "one in many million." Who knows, could be my genes and metabolism. But, it could also represent a genuine physical anomaly. I'll never know until someone actually checks it out. >I wonder how many people who suspect they've been abducted, and >who may or may not have weird bumps and scars on their body, >have been able to get, say, x-rays of their entire body, to see >if there's more than just a mere scar. See above. They won't do it as an 'elective' procedure Ron. >God knows I've tried (for health purposes -- for the heck of it. >I mean, I've been paying ungodly amounts of money to insurance, >so why not, right?), and doctors are very reluctant to do it. Because you can turn around and sue their pants-off Ron. >I've got a couple of small cysts that I'd liked checked out... >See if maybe they trigger the ol' metal detector... >(Just kidding.) >(I think...) You won't be laughing very hard if the sucker 'beeps!' <LOL> Regards, John Velez ;) A.I.C. - Abduction Information Center www.spacelab.net/~jvif/default.htm firstname.lastname@example.org "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."
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