This Post Will Make You Uncomfortable: I Should Know

Trigger Warning: Domestic violence, description of violence, both physical and verbal Meme that states: More people are concerned with why women stay in abusive relationships than why men are abusing women. There are many different types of abuse in this world. It varies by culture, social class, age, societal norms, and is not limited by… Continue reading This Post Will Make You Uncomfortable: I Should Know

The Ghost of Mother’s Past

After a staggering eight years of regular therapy, you move on from the misery of analyzing your late, abusive husband and you start to explore other areas of your life. For quite a long time, until I was into my 40s, I always believed what my mother and her family told me: I was bad,… Continue reading The Ghost of Mother’s Past

Crack in the Castle

I recall a time when I was sitting in my former home after the loss of my husband and both parents. I was now a widow, with two children who are living with Autism. I was a stay-at-home mom, living in a home that had been flooded three times, including this moment I'm recalling. I… Continue reading Crack in the Castle

Anxiety…Just the word makes me anxious

  Yup, that description is pretty much me. Every day, pretty much for as long as I can remember. Years ago, when I was first diagnosed with a panic disorder, PTSD and all the other things that have come to pass, at first, well, just the diagnosis made me super anxious. It took me quite… Continue reading Anxiety…Just the word makes me anxious

Out with the old (BS) In with the new (Good Stuff!)

I've written about this before and well, the issue never really completely goes away, so it's always good to revisit it from time to time. Not to dwell on it, but to acknowledge its real impact on life and well-being. It's a topic in my therapy now and probably always will be! I have the… Continue reading Out with the old (BS) In with the new (Good Stuff!)

Divergent Destiny

If someone would have told me that years ago I would be facing the imminent loss of my father, so soon after the death of my husband AND still getting over the loss of my mother, I would have called them a liar. I would have said that no one could endure that much in… Continue reading Divergent Destiny

In the Silence I Found Myself

As a survivor of domestic violence and emotional abuse, I've had to come to terms with the fact that not everyone is going to treat me now the way I was treated in my past. Sure, there are times when there is something said that triggers a memory and makes me anxious and I may… Continue reading In the Silence I Found Myself

Accept the Things I Cannot Change

I'm pretty sure I've used this quote before because, well, I still am dealing with some very difficult people in my life. When you reflect upon the challenges and other things that you've gone through in your life and you realize as you get older that you need to somehow begin the process of coming… Continue reading Accept the Things I Cannot Change

The Inconvenience of Interacting with Ignorant and Inconsiderate Individuals

Whether you are a teenager, a CEO or a seasoned parent, finding out that a person or persons have spoken behind your back in a negative way can be hurtful. There's nothing wrong with being angry, feeling sad or otherwise betrayed when you learn this information. What you do with this knowledge and how you… Continue reading The Inconvenience of Interacting with Ignorant and Inconsiderate Individuals

There is no Shame in Being a Survivor

There are some people in my life who would probably prefer that I drop the issue of my former abuse done by my late husband. There were plenty of people who knew what I was going through and they CHOSE to not intercede. Once, I was told by someone I went to for help, "NO… Continue reading There is no Shame in Being a Survivor