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Broken, scarred but still enough

PTSD

Broken, scarred but still enough

Growing up, I felt like an outsider. I was shy and socially awkward, lacked self confidence and worth and was bullied from a...

Aug 15, 2018

Fences, Pills and Possibilities

The other night I picked up the refill of my prescription for an anti-anxiety medication that I've been on for several years. There...

Apr 17, 2018

Do You Hear It?

Where you hear a washing machine with an uneven load, I hear the rattling of a diesel engine. When you hear sirens pass-by, I remember back-up that’s too far...

May 25, 2017

I live in black or white

I was once a strong, motivated woman, and according to my friends, people looked up to me. I say « according to my friends »...

Apr 20, 2017

I’m deserving

If you look up phobia in the dictionary you’ll be informed that it's an irrational fear. People who somehow make it through life without experiencing trauma seem to think...

Jan 19, 2017

Release the guilt

My daughter was born three months early. The doctors had no idea why. I just went into spontaneous labour. I took an adventurous helicopter ride to the nearest high...

Jan 12, 2017

PTSD is not me

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder AKA PTSD, describes very normal reactions to life-threatening, traumatic experiences. Never in a million years, did I think that in my early forties, I would be on...

Oct 27, 2016

None of us is immune

January 2002 I was a fully functioning viable member of the community; an active volunteer; involved in local politics and on a career path I loved. I had the world...

Oct 25, 2016

My journey to rock bottom and back

My name is Amanda and I am a 34 year-old mentally chill women. I have been given several diagnoses including Bi-polar type 2,...

Aug 22, 2016

Paramedics & Mental Health Trauma

When most people think paramedic, they just think ambulance driver. Paramedicine lacks the mystique of the other emergency services - kids don't grow up wanting...

Aug 9, 2016

Strength from pain

I'm on the path to a happy recovery. I've taken strength from my pain. I've found resolution in resiliency. Today, life isn't perfect - it's just the way it...

Aug 5, 2016

The Breakdown

The Breakdown I was 49 years old and was ready to head back to school (I am a teacher at a K-12 school). I went to work and I couldn't...

Jun 9, 2016