Tag Archives: depression

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

PTSD And The Lasting Effects of Abuse

As many of you who have read my blog for awhile know, I am a mental health advocate, mental health 1st responder, certified peer support specialist and healing artist.  I do this work because it matters, because the work gives … Continue reading

Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It

Mental health comes with stigma.  That stigma is really ironic if you think about it.  Mental illness has been referred to as the “no casserole” disease by Pam Robinson, a psychologist and president of the Anchorage affiliate of the National … Continue reading

Creativity As Exploratory Surgery

Expression through creativity is many things: colorful, raw, poignant, a statement. Creativity is also something else: Exploratory surgery for the soul. Feeling angry? CREATE Feeling depressed? CREATE Feeling betrayed? CREATE Feeling pain? CREATE Reach inside that wound, pull out the … Continue reading

3 LESSONS FROM A HEALTH CRISIS

  I have long believed that struggle teaches us things – that when we are broken and vulnerable, that is when we are more receptive to hearing our soul’s voice. So it has been with me over the past several … 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

Just Drunk Talk: Surviving & Thriving After Domestic Violence

Recently, I decided to lend my voice to the efforts to curb domestic violence.  The choice to tell my TRUTH, not my “story” (as though you or I lived fiction) in a public forum versus merely in conversation with friends … Continue reading

Ashes To Everything: Grief, Guilt & Love

I chose water today.  Brass, water, Japanese characters on a bowl in which calcium and carbon will reside.   It is time to move Mom from the patriotic priority shipping box to something more decorative and dignified.  Guilt plants doubts … 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