In the months following treatment for PTSD, I had a series of trigger failures. I hadn’t yet figured out how to stop my triggers from sending me into a downward spiral. I was exhausted trying to figure it all out. It was at this point that I knew I had to make a choice: confront […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I am almost 5 years post-intensive PTSD/trauma treatment. Today I am 5 years older and a lot wiser in the ways of trauma and PTSD. Five years ago I just wanted to die. I didn’t care how it happened and had spent years thinking about how best to do that as I tumbled further and further […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
A few weeks ago I was seen as a patient at an internationally-known medical center. I’d been referred there for a diagnosis for the lesion in my brain stem. Seconds after he entered the door, my neurologist hit me with a gattling gun of questions: minute details of my medical history from fifteen years ago, when […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Just before Christmas, I was diagnosed with glioma, located near my brain stem. I was scheduled for brain surgery five days later. Brain surgery to biopsy an “inoperable” tumor near my brain stem was not my idea of a fun way to spend my holiday. But I kept my focus positive and looked at the […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
Several months ago, I accompanied my good friend Wanda for an eye exam. During the procedure, the doctor shined very bright lights into her eyes. In one second, the adult Wanda “went away.” The lights triggered a trauma response rooted in an unknown event in her past. The trigger was one Wanda had never experienced […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.