Category Archives: trauma

Unheard Scream: Medical Staff Ignorance of Trauma Costs Lives

“Beware out of the ash I rise. I embody the power of courage, the endurance of strength and the beauty of survival. I am an agent of change in a state of greater becoming”. The abuse that a survivor has … Continue reading

Why Your Inner Child Needs A Voice

Recently, I was asked to produce a piece for an abuse survivors art show.  As a survivor of child abuse, domestic violence and rape, I decided to create the piece as a visual reminder that I am safe.  See, the … Continue reading

To Those Who Wish Me Silent

Thinking about the stigma that surrounds the concept of survivorship and the timeline of healing that those unaffected by trauma and sometimes, even those who have been, place on our shoulders. A number of thoughts came to mind and I … Continue reading

SICK LITTLE B*#ch! One-upmanship of Illness

Competition and comparison are cornerstones of human experience. Everywhere you look, there is a keeping up with Jones’ or Kardashian’s mentality. From fashion to music to makeup to diet to crappy lifestyle choices, society feels the need to be as … Continue reading

I Am From: Surviving Trauma and Becoming A Phoenix

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Success, Hopes and Dreams 2014 Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference.  As part of the advocacy I do with the Truth Leadership Council of the Domestic Violence Council, I offered the opportunity … Continue reading

Peer Support Training Didn’t Make Me An “Expert”

    It has been a while since I’ve posted here, so it seems appropriate to update and see what all of you have been up to, as well as to provide an explanation for what I’ve been doing.  As … Continue reading

Rewriting Our Truth Lessens The Power of PTSD Triggers

Rewriting Our Truth Lessens The Power of PTSD Triggers.   PTSD and panic have a way of finding the scars and trying to re-open old wounds.  Rewriting our truth is an arduous process at times, but we own every moment. … Continue reading

Presenting the PRESENT

Still. . . Grief can teach us a thing or two about irony.  No matter the relationship we had with someone, we take the time to re-evaluate. So it is for me. My mom died on August 6th out-of-state and … Continue reading