Sunday, March 1, 2009


As we move into a new month with a new healing resolution I want to pause for a moment to discuss a few things:

1 – First, did you all see the comment left by PamelaLee? I think her words resonate so strongly for all of us that I’m reprinting it here just to remind you who you are:

After reading everything said here. I'm really proud of US. Instead of being weak from trauma, I believe the words said here by everyone have proven our strength. We are not victims, but strong people who choose the way we want to live our lives. No one, no matter what, can make our choices.

Mike H said, "I've learnt that in many ways I choose how I want to remember things and in doing so I choose who I am.” At some point in time Mike had a choice or many choices taken away from him. In his attitude...he took his choice back. GOOD FOR MIKE!!!

We come out and stand up and say "no matter what has happened to me, I like who I am. I am sure I can make a difference and I will not go unheard and afraid because of an event. I will remember it. I will rise above it and I will help others do the same.” What strength there is in that. It is the strength of choice.

Wow. That’s all I can say.

2 – I’m further developing the editorial calendar on Parasites of the Mind. In the future you can expect these weekly features:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday – The free, ongoing healing workshop, BRIDGE THE GAP, continues with fresh posts to help progress your PTSD healing journey.

Tuesday – This week kicks off a new series: ‘Survivors Speak’ will be posts featuring the voices of other survivors on the healing path.

Thursday – These posts will consist of my own random thoughts about PTSD, issues of awareness, education, treatment and healing, plus bits and pieces of my own journey, before, during and after.

Saturday – This week kicks off a new series: ‘PTSD in the News’ will be a weekly roundup of the hottest PTSD topics. My goal with this is to raise awareness, educate us about the entire PTSD community, and highlight advances and research that might directly aid in our healing.

How does that sound? Good? Let me know what you think.

3 - A few notes to you:

If you’d like to participate in the ‘Survivors Speak’ series, please feel free to email me with ideas for topics, profiles, posts or e-interviews.

You can also always ask me what I’ve got in the works that you might participate in. For example, I’m putting together a series within the series that will feature survivors using art as part of their therapeutic mix. I’ve already lined up poets, painters, sculptors, wood carvers, and photographers. If you practice any of these or other art forms let me know if you’d like to be featured.

If you prefer, all participation on this blog can be done ANONYMOUSLY. I do not need to know your real name or your circumstances.

Keep in mind: I am not going to highlight discussions of people’s traumas; I am only interested in aspects of healing.

Finally, if you have thoughts and ideas about what you’d like to see covered in any of the editorial areas, please leave a comment or shoot me an email. This blog is for all of us – let your voice be heard one way or another!

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