“I have only had the pleasure of knowing Medric for a couple of years, but what was apparent from the outset is the man is a force of nature! After reading Further Than Yesterday I can see that his great spirit, dedication and passion is inherent and unwavering. He has consistently put it all on the line and in doing so has dramatically impacted the lives of others; past, present and future. Thank you for all you do. Stay Calm my friend and keep on walking that dog!”
Danielle Forbes, Executive Director, National Service Dogs
When optimism, idealism and dedication meet injury, pain and loss, the result is isolation, betrayal and desperation UNTIL one talented service dog for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) makes possible enough recovery to create a new life with meaning, purpose and hope.
This book provides an inside look at the author's experiences in officer training and active service in the Canadian Military. It details his grim new reality after experiencing a military-related traumatic injury, living for years with chronic PTSD. The remarkable improvement in the author's symptoms and functioning with the 24/7 assistance of his service dog for PTSD was life saving. Even more remarkable is the author's dedication and generosity of spirit in his current partial recovery, as he advocates for the provision of service dogs to others suffering from PTSD. Readers of this memorable book will gain a better understanding of military life, what it is like to live with chronic PTSD and how well-trained service dogs can help to improve the daily functioning and quality of life for those living with mental illness. Thank you, Cous!
Dr Beth Reade, Psychiatrist,
Homewood Health Centre
Cousineau writes as he once played football…with passion and fire and heart! Thank God for his “unconquerable soul! Check!
Valerie Mitchell-Veinotte,Executive Director
Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command, The Royal Canadian Legion
“Medric and his family have been to hell and back. What they have done not only with this book, but with their lives inspires Hope for many other veterans and their families.”
Peter Stoffer, MP, Sackville Eastern Shore
"Captain (Ret’d) Cousineau's book offers a personal, play-by-play account of events that continue to shape his life. Military members and veterans will relate to the demands and pride earned from his military training and the tragic events of 1986 that took him down a very dark path. The book is also a story about his relationship with Thai, his dog, and his rediscovery of safety, trust, and renewed purpose - valuable lessons for those veterans living with PTSD. Medric's story offers an important message, namely that hope does not come from talk alone, recovery often requires the courage to take some action."
John J. Whelan, PhD (Clinical psychologist and veteran)
“Further Than Yesterday: That’s All That Counts” refused to sit among the mountain of reading materials that I had on the go and forced me to cast aside all the others so that I could immerse myself completely in it’s compelling journey and it’s many powerful messages. This is one of those books I did not want to put down because the quick tempo and raw emotion got to me; maybe because I too fight to Put The Stigma Down and because I have had to accept my own “New Normal.” Many of us lived in ignorance and/or denial prior to our diagnoses and all of us who have been diagnosed commit daily to “keep the Beast in our rear view mirror.” “Further Than Yesterday” reminds us of the impact mental wellness can have on family and friends and of the incredible work and hope that talented animals can bring into the world of those who have suffered moral injury. It educates and informs those who have not lived with PTSD. Importantly Cous and Thai demonstrate that practice based evidence can be invaluable and may be required even as we seek to develop evidence based practice where none presently exists. Equally important is that Cous reminds us that moral injury affects many Canadians from many walks of life and, although every journey is unique, the consequences of moral injury are often where we find common ground. Finally the book challenges all of us to respect the life changing work of Service Dogs.
Russ Mann Col ret’d, OMM, MSM, MBA, CD