In her debut book, The Wall Between Two Lives, Whittenberger, who is a retired and disabled Army veteran, mother, and military spouse, reflects back on her life’s journey and traumas she has faced – a sexual assault, a devastating car accident, and military-related incidents – that all led to debilitating PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
“I want to help women find the courage to be vulnerable enough to admit to themselves first, and then others, that they have been victims of sexual abuse or that they have experienced a traumatic event,” said Whittenberger. “The only way to overcome depression and anxiety is to admit that you suffer from it and get to the root of the problem, which will greatly impact how to find a way out of it.”
Whittenberger is a mental health advocate, speaker, and coach. She also serves as a mentor to veterans and military spouses. An audience of close to 3,000 follows her blog and website, “A Wild Ride Called Life” ®LLC, and her podcast, “The Truths We Hide.”
“Annette’s story is filled with raw emotions and incredible hope for women experiencing mental illness,” said Chris Schafer, CEO at Tactical 16 Publishing. “Readers will walk away knowing it’s ok to not be ok, and they’re not alone in whatever challenges they may be facing.