Monthly Archives: June 2011

It’s National PTSD Awareness Day!!

I just found out that today, June 27, is National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day! Please check out the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work’s infographic. One fact that needs to be included is that PTSD can also be caused by invasive medical procedures, especially those performed on babies who received no anesthesia. I…

Fear and fluidity: transforming trauma

I first heard of Emilie Conrad D’Oud and Continuum, a form of bodywork, years ago from my writing coach. When she read passages of my memoir manuscript, The Autobiography of a Sea Creature, about how I’d been taught to restrict my movements as a baby after surgery, she told me about D’Oud’s work. Since I’d…

Re-enactment: The Soul Telling us Something

Twice in my twenties, I found myself lying on my back, crying out for help: once on a beach the morning after failing to muster the will to slit my wrist and the second, about two years earlier, lying on a cot in the attic of an abandoned house, where I cried out “help!” to…

“Trauma Therapy: Healing and Hope”

I just finished watching the series of TV Shows on the Freedomscalling.org website that I introduced in my last post. I REALLY enjoyed them and learned so much. What was especially affirming for me was the last segment entitled “Trauma Therapy: Healing and Hope.” Traumatologist Margaret Vasquez details the system of healing that she works…

TV Interviews about Trauma

I had the good fortune to read a post on Jolene Philo’s Different Dream blog that highlighted the work of Margaret Vasquez, a traumatologist who received some of her training from the Intensive Trauma Therapy, Inc. program. She started her own center in Georgia called Freedom’s Calling. On her website, she posted a series of presentations…

“Just Home from Hospital”

Apr. 9, 1950, 1st Easter, 7 mos. old,  just home from hospital  —These words, handwritten by my mother, appear on a page of my brother’s baby photo album next to this picture of Wayne tucked between his paternal grandparents, Sophie and Emil: On the back of the photo, my mother continues: found to be allergic to…

Magnolia blossom–the healing flower

While I am getting excellent care for my concussion from my chiropractor and my medical doctor, who is trained in craniosacral bodywork, I realized the other day that I needed to participate more directly in my healing. In drawing a magnolia flower and meditating on its image, I came to understand that I needed to…

A Ceremony: Healing from Post-traumatic Stress

For those of us who’ve had a major trauma as babies and still suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTS) as adults, a ceremony may be in order–a ritual of some sort for the self that says, I am safe now and can live my body without fear. My body is a place of comfort. Each morning,…