So Angie Writes – Life's A Challenge, So Angie Writes!

So Angie Writes – Life's A Challenge, So Angie Writes!

Trauma recovery, chronic pain, and mental health resources

By Sharing Resources, We Heal Together

By Sharing Resources, We Heal Together by SoAngieWrites.com #PTSD #community #spoonie

The day in, day out challenges of living with PTSD, or other health diagnoses, can wear a person down. Symptoms greet us in the morning, and tuck us in at night. Perceptions are altered by trauma or pain, and life looks a little off. It’s hard. It’s really hard!

For those with PTSD, or other long-term health challenges, recovery is less about arrival, and more about resilience.… Continue reading

Angie August 29, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

A Reminder

You Are Not Alone In This by soangiewrites.com
No matter what you’re feeling, or where you’re hurting, or how you’re coping- you are not alone. Keep on.

Angie August 25, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Tending to the Pain of Comparison, Scarcity, and Shame

Tending to the Pain of Comparison, Scarcity, and Shame by SoAngieWrites.com #recovery #PTSD #spoonie

Injecting humor into the week’s lousy start via Snapchat

Last week started out kinda crappy. I was in a lot of physical pain and was making brave choices about my health care. Unfortunately, my doctor’s office was not returning calls about the medication my physical therapist wanted me on. The pain plus the frustration of provider run-around wore me down.… Continue reading

Angie August 24, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

Keep Choosing Courage

Keep Choosing Courage by SoAngieWrites.com

It’s been a long week for some of us. Hard work, physical pain, unanswered questions, and as always, holding difficult spaces. Just wanted to drop a note here on this blue-sky Saturday morning and remind you that if you’re feeling scarcity, shame, or comparison, Brené Brown says you’re doing something right.… Continue reading

Angie August 22, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

Self-Care When Nothing Feels Good (Because Support Systems Sometimes Fail Us)

Self-Care When Nothing Feels Good (Because Support Systems Sometimes Fail Us) by SoAngieWrites.com

Taking care of ourselves requires identifying what soothes us. This can be tricky when you suffer from chronic pain, mental illness, or other conditions which cause consistent struggle. I often write about my chronic pain journey, but today I’m going to share a mental health story.

Three years ago I was limited to using the mental health services program accessible through my husband’s employer.… Continue reading

Angie August 17, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Shame Stories and Chronic Pain – Using Mindfulness to Heal

I woke up confused- fresh off a vivid, violent dream, and hurting from head to toe. Some days seem set before my feet hit the floor. Eyes open to yesterday’s struggles, and I’m wishing for a Teflon brain, so all my troubles could slide right off.

Painful mornings stack up, making it easy to slip into a story…

I feel too much pain.Continue reading

Angie August 12, 2015 5 Comments Permalink

The Hallowed Ground of Empathy

The discomfort
And utter sanctity
Of silently, and without judgment
Being near the pained

Dare I share impossible spaces?
Drawing near that
Which induces stinging familiarity?
Oh, empathy- this hallowed ground
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The Hallowed Ground of Empathy by soangiewrites.com #empathy #compassion #poetry

Angie August 5, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Courage is Contagious! The Value of Shared Humanity

Courage is Contagious! The Value of Shared Humanity by soangiewrites.com #courage #sharedhumanity #vulnerability #authenticity #resilience

This week I was in contact with several people facing difficult times. Awful appointments, trying therapies, and painful procedures. Cringe-worthy conversations, angst-filled anticipation, and some things left unresolved. Whew. Makes me tense just typing all of that. The end of July demanded our resilience, and damn, don’t you just want to rest?… Continue reading

Angie August 1, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Perspective and PTSD – Why it’s Off, and How to Cope

Perspective and PTSD - Why it's Off, and How to Cope by soangiewrites.com #PTSD #trauma #recovery

DOOM DESCENDS UPON THE CITY!!! or a beetle? Your brain decides.

Mountains out of molehills. Zero to sixty like a Corvette. Glass half empty.

The smallest infraction leads to tears. A slight worry grows to panic. A miserable day masquerades as a ruined life. And a reminder of a painful past event can morph into a full-fledged trauma response.… Continue reading

Angie July 30, 2015 8 Comments Permalink

You Matter – Fighting Stigma, Sharing Stories

I have a friend learning to walk again, because she just had her third brain surgery in a year. I have a loved one who can barely sit or stand due to chronic, debilitating pain. I know people grieving deeply for lost family members. And people enduring discomfort, and uncertainties.

Struggle.… Continue reading

Angie July 23, 2015 21 Comments Permalink

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