Change the Language to Change the Conversation–The Power of Speech

The words we use to describe ourselves have a huge impact on how we are treated. If we call ourselves by a term that means something negative, we will inevitably be treated in a negative fashion.   There are terms used to describe those of us who live with mental health conditions. However, those words, [...]

Being an Invisible Child

I am facing my forty-year graduating class anniversary dinner in August. Such an event usually causes people to look forward to speaking with and seeing the people with which you went to school.   For me the prospect brings back memories and emotions that are not lovely.   I can remember moving to Illinois from [...]

Important Facts About Childhood Trauma

 

A Message of Hope

Once in a while there is a story that tugs at my heart and I must respond by writing about it. Below is such a story. Professor Stephen Hawking died recently and this past week a ceremony celebrating his life was held. His voice of reason and discovery will be horribly missed by the world. [...]

The Danger of the Wave

***Trigger Warning*** I normally veer away from writing triggering material on my blog site, but this is a message I feel very strongly needs to be shared. The following post is about suicide and the strong emotions that accompany both before and after an attempt is made. If you feel unable to read such material, [...]

It’s Time for Another Fun Page!

Life has been horribly rough for me lately, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. So, here are some funny photos and memes to brighten your weekend! When it comes to living through rough days, all I can say is what the Proctologist said while examining his patient, "Bend over and smile, it'll be [...]

The Vault Art Gallery

I don’t normally promote businesses on this site, but I just had to write about an adventure I had recently. I had been invited to lunch by a friend, and after eating she asked me to go with her to an art gallery called The Vault. I agreed, and what I found inside was treasure. [...]

Once Again, Life Isn’t Easy, Life Isn’t Fair

  I wrote this article several months ago. I received a huge response in ways I had not anticipated. There were those who were interested and glad to hear what I had to say. But, there were those who grew extremely angry with me for what I said. So, being the sucker for punishment that [...]

I’m Learning to Take Responsibility

  This piece may trigger anger or even rage in some of my readers, because I am going to speak on the subject of who is responsible for the actions of a DID system.  I don't believe in pussy-footing around, so be forewarned. Your toes might get stepped on. My hope is that after you [...]

Ivory Garden DID Support Group and Chat

I have been privileged to belong for many years to an online support group called Ivory Garden. Through it I have found lasting friendships and hope that has helped to carry me to where I am in my new life after trauma.   There are those who think that this site is like other dissociative [...]

Grounding Techniques to Stay in Today

One of the hardest parts of having lived through severe childhood trauma is the ways it affects daily adult life. Flashbacks, depression, negativity and feelings of needing to escape are only a few of them.   How can we mitigate these life-altering side effects? Grounding techniques.   There are as many methods to grounding as [...]

Journaling, A Window to Your Soul

I’m have not been one who enjoys journaling. In fact, I’ve told my now retired therapist that I was going to journal many times, but only did for a short time. Eventually, she dropped the whole idea.   However, in my recent crisis I found journaling a wonderful way to get out of my head [...]

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