America Isn’t the Greatest Country in the World Anymore–But It Could Be

I've written previously about how I am dismayed and saddened by what is happening in my country. I once believed we were the best country to live in. We had freedom and seemed to be moving forward with equal rights for everyone. Not anymore. Now hate and despondency is the norm my country.  People are [...]

Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Sensational Diagnosis?

This morning I took a tour of the videos available on YouTube put out there by people about DID. What I found disturbed me. While some were honest videos from people in varying states of recovery, many were obviously created by people caught up in what they believe to be a sensational diagnosis.   Living [...]

Ever Year My Birthday is a Miracle

On September 4, 1980, I made a pact that could have cost me my life. I decided that if I didn’t see any progress in my life and still felt horrible, I’d die by suicide on September 4, 1990. You see, that is my birthday. My Life Was Messy  I was so sick inside from [...]

If My Life Was a Movie

  I’ve been talking to people about my life story for many years now. Recently I have begun trying to find someone who would be interested in writing a book and then a screenplay about my experiences. I think the true story of a person who lives with dissociative identity disorder would make one hell [...]

Be a Victor Not a Victim

    As of Wednesday, June 27th I have been sober from prescription medications for three years.     You see, for most of my life I have abused prescription medications. My addiction began in childhood when my mother gave me and my two brothers doses of her stash of pain pills to keep us [...]

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 [...]

Let It Begin With Me

The world needs change, let it begin with me...

Do You Understand the Difference?

Whose fault/responsibility is my life? Mine or someone else's?

I Refuse to be Undefined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?

Life is Fatal

Death is inevitable, so why not live?

Further Words on Making the Decision to Live and Not Be Miserable

A further explanation of just what the hell I was talking about

Suffering During Christmas is a Choice

Why Be Miserable at Christmas? Why not choose something different?

Embarking on a New Adventure

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

Introduction: The Ten Stages of Recovery from Childhood Trauma

An introduction to future blog posts about the stages of recovery from childhood trauma.