by Wanda Sanchez, PTSD/Trauma Consultant A few weeks ago I was going about my day, getting ready for a business lunch meeting. Showered, shampooed and shined, I was applying my makeup in my big, round, brightly lit make-up mirror, when seemingly out of nowhere, there it was. THAT thought. And then the NEXT one. The thoughts inside my […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I was a pale, skinny child. Pictures of me at five and six show a thin, fair tow-headed kid. But several years later the pictures changed. I began putting on weight shortly after our next-door neighbor abused me. I don’t remember how old I was at the time. I do remember I didn’t tell anyone […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“We’ve offered advice and you ignore it. You’re using your trauma as an excuse to abandon us.” My friend’s words stung, but they didn’t surprise me. For several years I’d been trying to sort out my PTS symptoms–fear, psychological/emotional paralysis, numbness, triggers, and the confusion that had overtaken my life– and explain my struggles to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I went to Iraq from Oct 2003 to Mar 2005 as an Army Infantryman. I have struggle through reintegration with the world ever since. Alisha is my best friend and the love of my life. She has been very supportive of me and helpful in my recovery. I believe that being my caregiver has been […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
by Wanda Sanchez, award-winning author of Love Letters from the Edge Words mean something, people. We all know this. It’s hard to describe the measure of pain that words can inflict in the deepest part of our souls. As dramatic as that sentence sounds, I wish it weren’t true. Dr. Philip R. Muskin, professor of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This week I had the privilege of talking a good friend of mine whose husband is an Afghanistan veteran who battles with complex post-traumatic stress. I met *Alisha (not her real name) a few months ago through a group for caregiving spouses. We quickly discovered shared experience with caring for loved ones with PTSD. And […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
During PTSD Awareness Month this June, PTSD Foundation of America is launching a nationwide campaign to discuss PTSD’s impact on veterans. The PTSD Foundation of America exists to combat post-traumatic stress by bringing healing to military communities, raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community, and to network through government agencies, service organizations, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A study of South-East Asian patients recently published in Cancer demonstrates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be persistent or even worsen in cancer patients up to four years after their diagnosis. “Our data underscore the risk of developing persistent PTSD even years after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” wrote Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, PhD, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Cici gave birth to twin daughters prematurely in her 34th week of pregnancy. Both were placed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). At the time they were born, Cici and her husband also had a five year-old daughter and a three year-old son at home. Cici remained in the hospital with the babies for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Trina was born addicted to heroin, although she didn’t learn why drugs “called her name” until she was in her thirties. Her parents were addicts and alcoholics, and domestic violence was creating stress in her tiny body before Tina was even born, releasing a barrage of adrenaline, cortisol, and other fight-or-flight chemicals into her developing […]Continue Reading... No Comments.