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I am a survivor of family violence, incest, and rape. I’ve been diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder and declared permanently disabled since May 2007 by the Social Security Administration.
Through personal stories, reflection, and poems, I illuminate the many challenges I have faced while working through issues such as hypervigilance, low self-esteem, poor body image, bulimia, and alcoholism.
In my collection, I share my experience as a survivor and what I have learned as I continue my path of healing from trauma. My goal is to help other survivors understand that they are not alone in their struggles and to empower them to find their own voice. It is my hope that my words help educate others about what it’s like to live with PTSD and ease the stigma surrounding mental illness.
My message is one of perseverance, courage, and hope. I offer the reader a glimpse into how I discovered my inner warrior, learned to work through my fears, and strengthen my Spirit as I strive to live an authentic life.
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