by Wanda Sanchez, PTSDPerspectives.org I circled the date on my calendar in red and gulped. I really didn’t want to do this but I’d canceled once already and knew I needed to make this appointment. Again. Ugh. I closed my eyes as my constant companion for the past 30 years of my life, nausea, barreled […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
How Do People with PTSD Feel? Shelly Beach & Wanda Sanchez PTSDPerspectives ©2017 Having PTSD makes you feel like never you’re never safe. Having PTSD makes you want to hide any time anyone looks at you. You want to live in the dark, be invisible, and protect yourself from being noticed, because if you’re noticed, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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.
I am 4.5 years post-PTSD treatment. Within days of my arrival at intensive Trauma Therapy my life changed. A lot. For the first time in 40 years I slept. This was an almost immediate change once I began to chip away at the lies that accompany trauma. As I went through treatment, things rapidly […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Like many people with PTSD, one of my best friends finds it difficult to attend church. Because I know her story and understand trauma, I understand her challenges. But when other people see her lack of attendance, they often think she isn’t committed to church. But this simply isn’t the case. Those who battle PTSD […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Many of our readers know the story of how my colleague, co-author and friend Wanda and I met. Long story short, we were strangers who lived on opposite sides of the country. Wanda was a radio producer, and I was an author. She booked me by email to be on her show, but following our […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Terrorist attacks. School shootings. Racial injustice. Politics. Is that story in the news robbing you of sleep at night? Even though you know better, do you find yourself needing to read every article, blog post, FB post or Twitter post about the story and its horrible aftermath? Are you obsessively watching ongoing coverage and/or […]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.
You know the feeling. Its that stone cold fear you have in your gut when you realize that family commitments and obligations have your back to the wall. The important people in your life rightfully expect you to be fully present when family and friends gather for the upcoming holidays. Thing is, you’re unprepared for the ‘heart […]Continue Reading... No Comments.