National Sexual Assault and Prevention month

This month is National Sexual Assault and prevention month, National month of Hope, and National Volunteer month. (there are also others) But I wanted to focus on the three that aligned together, which is no coincidence.

Eye of the Tiger

For the past week I have been in a really bad place. This is something very difficult to articulate as those dancing monkey’s I have spoken about in the past tend to creep up when we least expect it. There are not many times when I can’t seem to pull myself out of the dark…

Myths Busted – PTSD Awareness Month

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, leaving those affected by it feeling utterly alone.  Even those suffering from PTSD may believe certain myths about PTSD resulting in their not seeking help.  Here are some common myths associated with PTSD according to the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Alliance: PTSD Myth #1: PTSD affects someone immediately…

Rewired – PTSD Awareness Month

While PTSD may not be visible externally, there are real physical changes that occur within the brain.  After a traumatic event your brain is literally rewired to help it cope and try to prevent a similar instance from occurring.  Everything becomes a threat and you become hypersensitive to new, potential threats.  Your short term memory…

Triggered – PTSD Awareness Month

  Sites, sounds, smells, resemblances, specific topic matter, any number of things can trigger someone with PTSD.  Once triggered, symptoms can be a rapid heart rate, sweating, tremors, terror, anxiety and muscle tension. Personally, I am triggered by violence on tv or the news, other survivors telling their story, something someone brings up in conversation…

Signs and Symptoms – PTSD Awareness Month

June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.  As a survivor of sexual assault,  one might not be surprised that I suffer from PTSD.  Something my therapist brought to my attention, however, is that I also suffer from PTSD because of my metastatic state, facing my mortality for over 13 years while continuing to battle cancer…