In July 2019 I was diagnosed (by a psychiatrist) as having complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) resulting from physical, emotional and sexual abuse that occurred during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
This post contains TRIGGERS related to pet loss. I know firsthand how the loss of a dog can break the heart of a family. On June 28, 2019 our family said good-bye to our beloved rescue dog Cassie. I adopted Cassie on August 9, 2007 during the single mom phase of my life. I remember … Continue reading On the Loss of a Dog
Friends, it's been a while since my last post. I needed a social media vacation. I recommend doing this now and then to focus on real life. Catch up on chores and projects. Yesterday I sorted through my treasure chest. Yes, I have a treasure chest. It is a hand-carved wooden chest from Malaysia and … Continue reading 1983
Trigger warning: this post contains graphic details of sexual assault. It wasn't easy for me to write and I don't think it will be easy to read. I wasn't surprised when another accuser came forward about the US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. One of the awful lessons of the #MeToo era is that where there … Continue reading Sexual Assault — Educate, Encourage, Reform
To my loved ones: I understand that by sharing my story, I might make you feel sad or angry. Telling my story is part of a process of claiming space for grief and emotion that has been too long in darkness. I'm ok, I will be better, and I appreciate and love you all. Processing … Continue reading Processing Trauma is Hard for Everyone