Monthly Archives: June 2010

A New Beginning

I made this water color painting of my night table 6/26/78, thirty-two years ago today.  I was just beginning to emerge from the deepest darkness–a depressive state that I would never again experience. The chart taped to the wall represents one of my early therapy sessions with Lee, who led me out of this chaos…

Sea Creature: The Revision

I’m back to finishing my memoir, The Autobiography of a Sea Creature, preparing the first chapter for yet one more round of edits, this time at The Healing Art of Writing Conference next week at Dominican University in San Rafael, California.  The conference should be great with lots of talented writers, both participants and presenters,…

Life Making Sense: PTSD Awareness

Now that I understand that I’ve been experiencing Post Traumatic Stress since I was very young, I’ve been remembering many instances of PTSD over the course of my life, and it is only now that they are making sense.  When I was little, I watched a Little Rascal’s show, an early well-known TV program for children, in…

Aware during surgery

A friend sent me an important article about “anesthesia awareness” and the experience of Carol Weihrer, who over twelve years ago woke up during surgery but could not alert anyone because she had been given a drug that paralyzed her.  The AolHealth.com article states: “The concern is not so much that a patient has some…

“Vive la difference!”

I asked Fred, my scar-buddy, to be a guest writer on my blog. He also underwent surgery for pyloric stenosis as an infant. What follows is his piece about his scar and so much more. “Vive la difference!” We live in the age of communication, and not only because of the internet, cell phones, and…