Monthly Archives: June 2014

Our Bodies are Key in Healing Trauma

When I had pyloric stenosis, a stomach obstruction, as an infant, by 26 days old I had lost two and a half pounds–a skin and bones baby. My mother was terrified and frantic, for I was misdiagnosed and the medical professionals were not helping. I was dying. I say this but don’t remember. Guaranteed that my…

To Thine Own Triggers Be True: The Power of Self-Awareness

I am walking down the fifth-floor hallway of the Superior Court of Sacramento at G and 8th, on jury duty for the fourth day. The tiled floor, black with gray and white flecks, is meticulously cared for and shines with a recent polishing. The round ceiling lights reflect brightly in the black squares below, and I…

Post-op Orders following Infant Surgery without Anesthesia

The following was my response to the writing prompt I offered to the ReStory Your Life Meetup group that I used to lead, in which each member had PTSD. I told the group to write up a recipe for making the type of person each of them had become. Start with a recipe for making the…