• The injustice of not being heard, seen, validated.

    I remember one day in primary school. It must have had quite the impact because I've never forgotten it (40 odd years later, give or take ;-)We were doing some sort of spelling/geography quiz....name a place and ask someone to spell it. If they can't, you had to and got a point etc etc. I have an uncle who at that time, travelled widely for work. We were always getting postcards of the places he ...

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    Tags:
    anger,
    childhood,
    shame,
    gaslighting,
    advocacy
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  • Surviving to thriving and back to surviving...

    I thought I was thriving. And this is good, right?  No, apparently "it's concerning" and indicates that I am 'vulnerable' in some way.I'm sorry that I don't fit into your expectations or preconceived notions of what resilient and well looks like. I'm sorry that in some indefinable way I 'buck the trend' of your many years of experience. I'm sorry that I exist in your universe, but not to worry - you got rid of me, ...

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    Tags:
    trauma,
    reflection,
    Recovery,
    metaphor
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