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

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

Trauma Recovery – Shame Resilience – Self-Compassion – Coping With Chronic Pain


All of the posts under the "PTSD" tag.

What I Read Last Week

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Backyard Rabbits by Steve Keenan Photography

I hope your Spring is shaping up nicely. It’s been hard to write on the blog lately, as I struggle with my health. One of the saddest things about mental illness can be the loss of desire, the way the creative call becomes muffled, passions smothered by depressive fog.… Continue reading

Angie May 15, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

February Feelings – Hopeful

February Feelings - Hopeful - #NVC

I didn’t sleep much last night, then spent the morning in an intense class about chronic pain. I’m home now, and have a bit of capacity left to dive into today’s GROK card

February Feelings - Hopeful - #NVC

I love Nonviolent Communication, but am also invested in Brené Brown’s teachings, and what she found when she looked into hope, is that it isn’t a feeling at all-

Like most people, I always thought of hope as an emotion-like a warm feeling of optimism and possibility.

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Angie February 17, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

What I Read This Week – Posts About Trauma, Chronic Pain, and Intention

I hope you’re finding some beauty in November. My participation in NaNoWriMo is sucking up my time and energy, but I wanted to stop in and share a few posts I enjoyed this week. The list is mostly about chronic pain, but there is one post about how childhood trauma can affect us, and another that’s focused on self-care in the cold months.… Continue reading

Angie November 15, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Fractured – A Complex PTSD Poem

Fractured - A Complex PTSD Poem by #trauma #recovery #poetry #PTSD

A broken teacup
A shattered sense of safety
A fractured sense of self

I glue the first together
It doesn’t hold water
Succulents don’t need much

I drag the second along
To traverse a mis-filtered world
Hoping discomfort desensitizes me

I wear the final like a film
And line my eyes in black
The disconnect lies in the mirror


Further reading:
How Complex PTSD differs from PTSD
Heal By Writing About Your Truama

Angie October 25, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

What I Read This Week

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I spend hours each week reading blog posts and articles about mental and physical health. I do this because I’m seeking management of my symptoms, and because I want to learn to help others. Here are links to the best things I read this week:

Negative Emotions are Key to Well-Being  This article by Toni Rodriguez on Scientific American talks about the benefit of feeling all our feelings, and what can happen when we don’t.… Continue reading

Angie October 24, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

We Can Bloom in Difficult Spaces

Yesterday was a good day. My husband is home, taking a week off between work trips. We drove to Mount Evans and hiked the final trail- from the parking lot to the 14, 258 ft. summit. I am so pleased we were able to do this! We went slow and took lots of breaks, dealing with tendonitis, neural tension, and a thin atmosphere.… Continue reading

Angie September 24, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

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By Sharing Resources, We Heal Together

By Sharing Resources, We Heal Together by #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

Tending to the Pain of Comparison, Scarcity, and Shame

Tending to the Pain of Comparison, Scarcity, and Shame by #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

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