A helping hand

Triggers for trauma survivors can be everywhere. They can bring up memories, flashbacks, and evoke physical responses like panic attack symptoms. There are the more obvious ones, like people and places directly associated with the trauma. But triggers can also arise in the unlikeliest of places. I recently found myself unexpectedly triggered during a church … Continue reading A helping hand

Valentine’s Day Surprise

Valentine’s Day can be a notoriously challenging day for survivors, which is probably why I am not writing about it until a week after the fact. It can bring up a mixed bag of emotions - feelings of unworthiness, self doubt, and painful memories. Indeed, sometimes the memories and trauma we endured can feel like … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Surprise

A picture is worth a thousand words

I have a confession to make: I’ve been keeping a secret. And while it’s unlike me to keep something hidden from you, after all the philosophy of my blog is about speaking up, this time it felt different. Because what I am about to tell you is huge. Shortly before I finished my graduate work … Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand words