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What is this I’m feeling?

I love this photo. It's not of me. I have no photo of myself that conveys what I want to share. To me, the woman in the photo seems to be searching for something that is just out of reach, which is what I am going through right now. I am not sure what has… Continue reading What is this I’m feeling?

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PTSD: Some People Simply Don’t Understand

“You were a kid when that happened – you’re an adult now.  It’s time to move on.” “Everybody’s had terrible things happen to them.” “Everyone’s been wounded at some time in their life.” “You’re not the only person who has suffered pain.” “You can’t let that stuff get you down.” “Snap out of it.” “Laugh… Continue reading PTSD: Some People Simply Don’t Understand

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What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

For you to better understand me, and what I experience, it will be helpful if you understand what PTSD is all about.  The following is borrowed from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website:  http://www.adaa.org Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a serious potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced… Continue reading What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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On Being Raped – Part Three

It is my hope that, by sharing my story, it will encourage other trauma survivors to share their own stories. This post might trigger you. It will be helpful for you to share your feelings with someone. I left the university in Alabama when I was nineteen to attend a private theater conservatory. I made… Continue reading On Being Raped – Part Three

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On Being Raped – Part Two

It is my hope that, by sharing my story, it will encourage other trauma survivors to share their own stories. This post might trigger you. It will be helpful for you to share your feelings with someone. By the time I had arrived at college in Alabama, I was a chronic binge drinker – alcohol… Continue reading On Being Raped – Part Two

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On Being Raped – Part One

It is my hope that, by sharing my story, it will encourage other trauma survivors to share their own stories. These posts might trigger you. It will be helpful for you to share your feelings with someone. My therapist and I discussed how best to tell the story of my incest and rapes. I am… Continue reading On Being Raped – Part One

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Growing Up in Violence and Chaos

If I had to choose one word to describe my childhood life, it would be unpredictable. Unpredictable because I never knew what or when something was going to happen. I never knew when my mother would take my standing up for myself as backtalk and slap me across the face. I never knew when my… Continue reading Growing Up in Violence and Chaos