Please consider supporting the YWCA of Cass Clay

It’s my birthday month and I have many goals, hopes, and wishes. One of those is to drum up support for the YWCA Cass Clay. This nonprofit is near and dear to my heart. The staff and volunteers give so much of themselves to create a compassionate, caring, and healing environment for vulnerable women and children in my community. Please consider making a contribution to my fundraiser for the YWCA – every bit helps ❤

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A Mother’s Remembrance

dragonfly (small) 2013-10-01 at 9.16.29 AMFor months before she was even conceived, I had wanted Alex in my life. I dreamed of her with smooth, soft skin, full dark hair and big eyes framed with long lashes. In my mind, I could see myself holding her, feeding her, watching her make milestones – smiling, sitting up, taking those first steps. But the months went by without any indication of her arrival until July 25th, 2011.

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Alexandra Marie

I’m finally planning a memorial service for my Imagedaughter.

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How to support someone with PTSD – part three

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Regions of the brain associated with stress and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Source: National Institue of Mental Health http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-research-fact-sheet/index.shtml

I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. It is an aptly named “disease” – though it is not a mental illness. It is a normal reaction to a traumatic life event.

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The Dream – Part II

The dream now begins with me stepping into the house – now cold and hollow – the ethereal light from it, gone. With no companion, guard or guide, I enter and descend into the basement – a flickering light illuminates my steps, casting all manner of shadows around me.

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How to support someone with PTSD (or social anxiety) – summary

1.    Be the kind of person they can turn to.
2.    Encourage them to seek therapy.
3.    Be an “active” participant in their recovery.
4.    NEVER make light of therapy or the work they are doing.
5.    Make sure you have help yourself!

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How to support someone with PTSD – part two

I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. It is an aptly named “disease” – though it is not a mental illness. It is a normal reaction to a traumatic life event.

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How to support someone with PTSD – part one

I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. It is an aptly named “disease” – though it is not a mental illness. It is a normal reaction to a traumatic life event.

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