Life is Grace

Seeking the Blessings in the Chaos. Writing and Photography.

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. –Thomas Merton I’ve begun trauma therapy after living with PTSD for thirty years, and I’m finding it, well, traumatic. Please God, may all of this pain lead me to the peace Merton describes.

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Some people thrive under stress and tight deadlines, and others become crippled with defeat. A team of scientists looked to mice to find biological answers for these different responses and found the reason my lie deep in the brain. The area of the brain called the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) is…

This afternoon was going well, until I saw the email. Yesterday I cheered by an email from my professor, who said he wanted me to stay in his class despite my absence Tuesday night and that I was “intelligent and insightful”. Today, however, I check my email and discover an email from the Director of …

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TRIGGER ALERT I once, years ago, had a terrible experience with EMDR. It is powerful stuff. I had a therapist who was harsh and pushy and obviously not well-trained in the techniques for using EMDR in therapy. I don’t remember much of the abuse, or the rape. I was so traumatized that my memories remain …

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Originally posted on TIME:
Shortly after America learned of another shooting Wednesday evening at Fort Hood, news outlets flashed alerts about the shooter’s deployment history and mental health. Among the first facts confirmed and reported about Spec. Ivan Lopez were his four-month deployment to Iraq in 2011, and that he was being diagnosed for post-traumatic…

    I think my migraines have totally addled my brain. I’ve had them all week, just when the A to Blogging Challenge began. I couldn’t find my blog on their Linky list, so I think I might have been removed for not posting. I DID post briefly yesterday about the Challenge, then removed my …

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(Warning: This post may not be appropriate for little kids! This is a no-apologies, spill-my-guts post.) I have lived almost all of my life with twin monsters in my closet: shame and grief. Welcome to the wonderful world of my post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression. The monsters showed up when I was six, and …

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