This is becoming a recurring theme in my own struggles and in the articles I read. I’m not sure if more articles are being written or I am paying attention to them more. Or perhaps it is a back lash from some of the comments I read on Facebook that sound like PTSD is the end of living without having to pull the trigger. No doubt about it – PTSD is tough. How bad do you want to improve your life? How hard are you willing to work? Are you willing to totally tear apart your own foundation to rebuild a new life? Into the cocoon truly is the end of the caterpillar for when it emerges it is a butterfly for the rest of its life. No one expects the butterfly to become the caterpillar again. Have you ever soaked a seed like a Lima bean or an avocado? The seed splits for it to grow. I do mean split. The internal explosion is necessary to grow into what it is meant to be a Lima bean plant or an avocado tree. Progress is made by fighting back. Time heals all wounds unless you leave them unattended and they get infected. Leaving PTSD unattended it becomes worse over time. It takes cleaning out and facing your worse nightmares. It works. It is possible to change how you feel about yourself and about life. I don’t believe you go back to where you were but move forward to a different way of looking at life. Trauma is called a life changing experience because you never look at your life the same way again. Happiness, joy, peace are not reserved for those without PTSD. These emotions are a part of thriving. I have felt all three. It is awesome. How bad do you want it?