Neuroplasticity

Such an awesome word.  Sounds something odd and weird.  In a sense, it is.  It is our brains ability to change.  Scientist are learning that PTSD and CPTSD are forms of brain injuries.  Some people feel doomed by this diagnosis.  I felt relieved to have a name for my pain.  It was no longer a…

Self Love

“Self love is not selfish. Self love is actually a very selfless contribution to the world. It releases others from the expectation to manage our emotions through their behavior. It frees us to contribute rather than to take. It transforms our relationships from tools for surviving to laboratories for thriving.” @aaronxrose. My therapist worked at…

Milestone Literally

Last week end I took a trip with my daughter.  In the past, she did all the driving while I chatted with the kids, crocheted or slept.  This time she felt sick.  Our choices were go home or I drive.  I chose to drive.  I hit a record of driving almost 8 hours.  I haven’t…

Adventures

I spent a month wandering the country side with purpose.  I visited my 2 daughters that live far away from our family.  Our adventures varied from hiking to museums to tie dye to finger painting.  Involved highs and lows, things that worked out and things that went different than we planned.  By labeling all activities…

5 years

I started this blog 5 years ago.  There was very little online that wasn’t directed to the military with PTSD.  CPTSD wasn’t mentioned yet.  I wanted there to be a voice for those with no memory of before trauma.  I wanted to say, there is life after trauma.  I want to get out to anyone…

Growth Chart

I measured my children’s growth on a height growth chart noting milestones and progress.  Now I have a growth chart.  Thanks to Matt for sharing another awesome diagram.  Now for me the interesting thing was I needed to find my comfort zone.  I didn’t think I had one.  Years of counseling helped me to recognize…

Taking back Joy

Not sure how to start this post.  I looked up my original wording and the connotation is totally different from what I meant.  I’ll try starting at the beginning. Caution – deep difficult subject. My mother raised me in a fear based living system.  Everything I did was geared to avoid being hit or berated. …