Day after

The day after 9/11 people changed……for awhile.  People connected more.  People went out of their way to tell people they loved how much they loved them.  People waved flags, talked, and went out of their way to help each other.  Mr. Roger’s mother said it best, “Always look for the helpers.”  After the tragedy of…

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…