Tag Archives: Suicide

I Tried To End My Life – 499


Ever felt hopeless or alone?

Dr. Josh Yellen hopes his story of overdose during his cancer treatments helps just one person.

One person hearing a message of hope and remembering suicide is not the answer is worth the pain and vulnerability.

Time line of events

  • 6/29/17– 7/4/17 – Saw Mom alive for the last time
  • 7/8/17 – Grand Mal seizure (Tumor in brain) * never had seizure before or after*
  • 7/11/17 – Craniotomoy to remove tumor
  • 8/3/17 – Met with MD Anderson (Neuro-Oncology)
  • 8/4/17 – 8/6/17 – Rebekah’s Bat Mitzvah
  • 8/9/17 – Returned back for end of Summer semester
  • 8/17/17 – Got fit for mask for Proton Therapy
  • 8/21/17 – Started Fall semester
  • 8/22/17 – United Heatlhcare denies Proton Therapy
  • 8/25/17 – Hurricane Harvey
  • 8/27/17 – Mom dies
  • 8/28/17 – United Healthcare closes my case due to Hurricane and switch to BC/BS
  • 8/31/17 – Fly back to CA for Mom’s funeral
  • 9/1/17 – Switch from United Healthcare to BC/BS (University of Houston decision)
  • 9/10/17 – Return back to work after Hurricane and Mom’s funeral
  • 9/11/17 – Approved for Proton Therapy
  • 9/18/17 – Start Proton Therapy
  • 10/26/17 – Finish Proton Therapy
  • 11/30/17 – Start Chemotherapy
  • 12/14/17 – 12/18/17 – Moved offices
  • 12/21/17 – Saw results of 1st round of chemotherapy (sympathetic reaction – stopped sleeping)
  • 1/4/18 – Started round 2 of chemotherapy (much stronger than round 1)
  • 1/18/18 – experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • 5/15/18 – Finish round 6 of chemotherapy (terminate early)

What could I have done different?

More regular / scheduled contact

Phone calls instead of texts

What resources do you recommend pertaining to Overdose and suicide

Overdose; ATsCare; Suicide  ATsCare Program –  Peer to peer grief counseling, support and encouragement

This is a phenomenal program that will re-shape all of your life interactions and help give you confidence to step into really tough situations.


Do YOU have a story to share and offer hope?

I hope your situation has not come to self harm.

I hope you have surrounded yourself with people who are willing to step in and lift you up.

Would you like to share your story?

Contact Us

Jeremy Jackson

Josh Yellen – text or call him 985-351-7994

Bubba Wilson

Postpartum Depression with Christi Keeler – 442

Athletic Trainers are healthcare providers who are know for being able to adapt to the situation and handle both emergency situations and post surgical rehabs.  We know about Injury Psychology and teach our athletes how to cope with a season or career ending injury.  However Christi Keeler has had a long battle with depression since giving birth to her second child.  As an Athletic Trainer and a mom she is sharing her story so we can better understand, prepare, and have patience in the event of an athlete, co-worker or even our struggle with depression.

Contact Christi

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The AT as a Mandated Reporter – 336

photo credit: aldhr.remote-learner.net

Lucas Dargo was concerned about an athlete and began the conversation with the school counselor about possible abuse.  They developed a positive working relationship to best serve the population they were charged with.

Dawn Tedrow is the licensed Clinical Social Worker Lucas started working with and works Youth First inc.

Shelly Mullenix is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Trainer and director of wellness for LSU Athletics pursuing a second masters degree in Social Work pursuing her LCSM

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Thanks Frio Hydration and School Health for committing to support the Sports Medicine Broadcast and add value to the athletic trainers who protect Athlete Safety