Relief

Facing my fears sometimes reduces them to miniature.  Other times with the help of a knowledgeable person I am able to make realistic choices that fit into my life.  I am given another new challenge that is listed as wait and see.  I am learning to be very comfortable with wait and see. Patience is…

Life Changing Experiences

Life changing experiences should change your life.  I am seeing a disturbing trend among PTSD support groups on Facebook.  There is a cry of ‘I don’t want this to change me.’  Frankly, I think it is very disturbing if you are not affected by a life changing experience.  September of 2001 I was diagnosed with…

Healing Field

Each year, a group places a flag for every death at the park from the September 11th terrorist attack.  They call it the Healing Field.  I go and take pictures.  I cry over names of people I never knew.  I grieve for the soldiers and the fireman and the officers and the children and all…

Painful Anniversaries

9/11 PTSD survivors need to plan how to cope during Painful Anniversaries.  But I also believe that allowing ourselves to cry and grieve past hurts is healing.  Acknowledging something happened was terrible reminds us that it really was not our imagination.  9/11 has a special significance for me because that is when I found out…

Prepare in advance

September 11 is coming….an anniversary of a vicious attack on innocent people in the name of terrorism.  For PTSD survivors such anniversaries may trigger nightmares, anxiety, melt downs and a host of other challenges.  I appreciate others posting their suggestions on Facebook, this is from Welby O’Brien.  Yes, it is military background.  That’s ok.  Welby…