Edmond author’s new memoir depicts struggles, triumphs of family in dealing with PTSD

EDMOND, Okla. — This week marks the nationwide release of author Meredith Shafer’s inspiring new memoir, “Mad Cow: A PTSD Love Story.”

Minutes were the difference between this story being a tale of tragedy and the beautiful accounting of God’s miraculous redemption that it became instead. “Mad Cow” chronicles author and military wife Meredith Shafer’s very personal journey with her war veteran husband and their traveling circus of four kids over the last few years to and through a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.

Raw, real and poignant, “Mad Cow” is an account of all the moments of grace — big and small — sprinkled throughout this couple’s story as they love each other and raise their children in their new normal. Surviving on humor, God’s grace and a little help from her friends, Shafer opens the door wide to what it’s like to live and love someone with PTSD.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Shafer is an author, speaker and encourager. Her first book, “My Pink Champagne Life,” is all about finding reasons to celebrate through this life, even in the middle of the crazy, the difficult or the impossible. She is the wife and battle buddy of retired Sergeant First Class George Shafer, also known as Mr. Wonderful. Shafer is a mother of four kids ranging from diapers to middle school, so she leads a highly caffeinated lifestyle. She loathes doing laundry and running, but she can’t get enough of Jesus, all things leopard print, adoption and the view of Oklahoma sunrises from her back porch. The author is currently based in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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