Just Like You, I’m Only Human

If you have been watching for and reading my blog recently I'm sure you have noticed I have been struggling. I've written posts that are full of real emotion and not holding back. I think this honest is crucial to help others who live with the effects of any kind of traumatic experience(s). You see, [...]

Still I Rise

Many who visit this site know the terror and humiliation that we who have been horribly traumatized as children feel then and now. When we were kids we had no power and were prisoners from birth. We did not know the peace that should be home, instead we tried desperately to be too small for [...]

Dry Wells

Being open to other people about the severe abuse I suffered as a child has been very challenging.  At first, I wore a sign on my forehead that said, “incest” and when I shook hands with someone I would announce, “Hi, my name is Shirley and I’m a survivor of severe childhood trauma.” I am [...]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Many of us who live with a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder have faced the conundrum of trying to find adequate mental health care. In this article I’m going to discuss the hard choices people like myself must make to find any kind of care at all in our current national mental health system.   [...]

I Refuse to be Undefined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?

Rising from the Flames: My Story

I have risen like a Phoenix from the flames that made me who I am. This is my personal story.

Male Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Men who were sexually abused as children, a helpful publication.

Why Do I Write About Dissociative Identity Disorder and Trauma?

I write a blog about life and trauma, why?

Life is Fatal

Death is inevitable, so why not live?

Embarking on a New Adventure

Leaving the past in the past takes courage. Walking into the future does too.

Who Will Speak for the Children?

***Trigger Warning*** For a highly emotionally charged post.

Some Words of Wisdom from Me to Others Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Living with DID can be difficult, but there are ways to make it easier. I offer some pearls of wisdom to those who will listen.

How Should We Celebrate Our Veteran Heroes

We should honor our veterans and their families, not just one day, but 365 days a year. We should honor them with not just our words, but with our everything.

Facing Triggers and Fear Head-On

Triggers and the fear they bring can be overcome, but only if one faces them head-on.

Making Halloween Just a Day on the Calendar After SRA

I understand that many people who were harmed as children in ritual abuse, find Halloween a very hard day. Facing what happened on a day to day basis is hard enough, but a high day such as Halloween conjures memories that can be overwhelming. I Propose A New Way of Thinking I am proposing a [...]