Yesterday I met a friend for coffee, although we didn’t know each other well. We met to discuss our strokes–hers hemorrhagic and mine a brain stem stroke. Both of our strokes struck suddenly last year. By the time we left the coffee shop after a 90 minute conversation, we knew one another extremely well. […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Like some people, at times I’ve thought that my PTSD story isn’t legitimate enough or dramatic enough to be told. Because I consult in the area of PTSD, I’ve sometimes made the mistake of comparing my experiences to other people’s. My sexual abuse came at the hands of strangers. I’ve suffered ongoing medical trauma as […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
1. Just get over it. The truth is, that without proper treatment, people with PTSD can’t “get over it.” Trauma creates a biological fight-flight reaction that “freezes” one side of the brain while “locking” the terrorizing experience in the other side. The brain is unable to process the experience with a beginning, middle, and end […]Continue Reading... 4 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.
I didn’t know much about trauma or PTSD until I met my best friend Wanda about five years ago. Like most people, I thought PTSD was a mental health problem mostly occurring among returning military members. I was wrong. I had no idea that people in large urban centers suffer from PTSD at higher percentages […]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.
A great article from the Huffington Post. PTSD is not just about military trauma. Read the full article HERE.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The following article is taken from U.S. News and World Report, written by Rachel Brody, featuring a newly released biography by Barbara Leaming. Jackie Kennedy has long been a subject of fascination for the American public. But after the brutal and very public assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy, the former first lady […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Some things parents never forget. Like the first time a mother holds her newborn child. Or the first time a baby belly laughs at a father’s antics. But when I think of our son’s early days, one unpleasant memory comes to mind. Our baby’s wince of pain when the nurse took him–bristling with drainage tubes, […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
The first week of December I was visiting my kids and grandkids in the Pacific Northwest for an early Christmas with my husband. On December 30, I was undergoing brain surgery for what had been diagnosed as a glioma surrounding my brain stem. Doctors considered my brain tumor to be inoperable because of the location. […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.