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'He thought he married a monster': Chezzi Denyer reveals she was diagnosed with PTSD after her TV star husband Grant broke his back in a horrific truck smash

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Mother-of-two Chezzi Denyer has spoken candidly about her 2012 diagnosis with post-natal anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In an intimate interview with New Idea[2], published on Monday, the 38-year-old revealed her PTSD was caused in part by the horrific monster truck smash her TV star husband Grant was famously involved in.

In 2008, the Family Feud host broke his back and was rushed to hospital after he nosedived the 7.5-tonne truck he was driving at a showground.

Mental health battle: Chezzi Denyer has spoken with New Idea, revealing her husband Grant’s 2008 truck smash was partially responsible for her diagnosis with post-traumatic stress disorder more than three years later

But the stress Grant’s accident caused Chezzi lay dormant for more than three years, only to surface following the birth of the couple’s first child Sailor.

Speaking with New Idea, Chezzi revealed she suffered a ‘mini-breakdown’ when their baby girl was eight-months-old, leading to her surprise diagnosis.

‘I feared that if I didn’t get help, they were going to send me away and lock me up – because that’s how crazy I felt at the time,’ she candidly told the magazine.

'He thought he married a monster': Chezzi Denyer reveals she was diagnosed with PTSD after her TV star husband Grant broke his back in a horrific truck smash

Speaking candidly: Chezzi revealed she suffered a ‘mini-breakdown’ in 2012, and was subsequently diagnosed with post-natal anxiety and PTSD

The usually bright and bubbly blonde recalled an ‘explosion building’ which saw her weeping uncontrollably and becoming angry at her her husband and baby daughter.

‘I could see it in Grant’s eyes…

I was just not normal.

I’m sure he thought he had married a monster, because I was all over the place, trying so hard to keep it together.’

She added that her husband was ‘petrified’ .

'He thought he married a monster': Chezzi Denyer reveals she was diagnosed with PTSD after her TV star husband Grant broke his back in a horrific truck smash

Through thick and thin: Six years on from the diagnosis, Chezzi and Grant are now parents to another daughter, two-year-old Scout, and the family-of-four are the picture of happiness

Six years on from the diagnosis, Chezzi and Grant are now parents to another daughter, two-year-old Scout, and the family-of-four are the picture of happiness.

The couple live on a farm near Bathurst and regularly share happy snaps on their popular Instagram pages.

In order to help other women who may be dealing with post-natal anxiety and other mental health issues, Chezzi has also launched a popular online chat show titled Mummy Time TV.

'He thought he married a monster': Chezzi Denyer reveals she was diagnosed with PTSD after her TV star husband Grant broke his back in a horrific truck smash

Helping hand: In order to help other women who may be dealing with post-natal anxiety and other mental health issues, Chezzi has launched a popular online chat show

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References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ New Idea (www.newidea.com.au)



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