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.
This morning I made a bagel and eggs for breakfast. While I was toasting, buttering, and frying, the two lobes of my brain were working together to process my thoughts. During the normal course of life, the two sides of our brain talk to each other to make sense of the world. The left side […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
This is a guest blog post by our very good friend, author Mary Potter Kenyon. Enjoy! —————————————————————————————————– I have no doubt that by the end of March I will be able to look back on the first year after David’s death and see clearly just how badly I’ve actually handled so many things. Our Christmas […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
The Huffington Post featured a recent article written by life coach and author Tamara Star entitled, “The Seven Habits of Chronically Unhappy People.” What Ms. Star probably doesn’t realize, is that her article would better be titled “Seven Symptoms of People Who’ve Experienced Trauma and PTSD.” People who experience trauma can suffer from a variety of symptoms, […]Continue Reading... 3 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.
One of the passions that drives colleague Wanda Sanchez and me in our work with PTSDPerspectives.org is our desire to help eradicate the massive misunderstanding about mental illness and PTSD in our nation. We launched our blog and our consulting in an effort to help people understand what PTSD is and what it is not. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The call comes in the middle of the night. A tragic accident. Suicide. The betrayal and devastation of domestic violence. Sexual assault. In one stunning moment, your friend, colleague, church member, or loved one’s life has changed forever. And they’re turning to you for help. What do you do? It can be difficult to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Just a shout out. Our newly-released book, Love Letters from the Edge, hit #1 on Amazon Kindle today in the devotional/meditations category. Humbled and grateful. Not because of sales (although I have nothing against sales or money). But because every day I talk to people with PTSD. People who are hopeless. People who are struggling and need […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought PTSD to our attention as never before. Today, hundreds of thousands of service men and women and recent military veterans have seen combat. Many have been shot at, seen their buddies killed, or witnessed death up close. These are types of events that can lead to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
On June 1st, my friend Wanda Sanchez and I launched our first co-written book together, Love Letters from the Edge. We wrote this book as two women who’ve experienced abuse and trauma, as well as successful trauma treatment. Our goal is to provide encouragement and resources for women suffering from the devastating effects of wounding life experiences. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.