Jun 29 2016

“Child Abuse: Infographics” now on Pinterest

 
 

As an adjunct to my mental health-related writing projects, I’m building extensive resources on Pinterest. I’m currently working on about 75 “secret” boards, which really just means “not ready for prime time” yet. I’ll release them to public viewing gradually, as I continue to work on the book(s) which they support.

Today I’ve released the new “Child Abuse: Infographics” board for your perusal. It offers resources and stats in easy to read language on all aspects of child abuse, including prevention.

If you’re on RSS and can’t view the Pinterest widget below, either click through to this blog post, or go directly to the Child Abuse: Infographics board on Pinterest.

It’s still early days for a lot of new collated resources for trauma survivors! Let me know if there are particular topics you’d like to see gathered in a Pinterest board. I may have one in the works already, but there’s always room for more!

NOTE: You can see my previous Pinterest releases in the DID/C-PTSD boards collection in this new dedicated DID/C-PTSD on Pinterest page in the header topics above.
 
 



 
 
 

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Jun 16 2016

Coming Up for Air…

 


 

Coming Up for AirAhh, focus. If only. The last six months have felt rather dream-like. Sure, there is always dissociation, sometimes more, or less. But by last November I hit the pretty much routine and expected “post-weight loss surgery iron deficiency.” The standard treatment is iron infusions, but I endured six months of kabuki with a hematologist who’d never dealt with my surgery type (duodenal switch), and did not believe me or my data. Instead, she insisted on something completely counter-intuitive: to take a bare minimum of oral iron for at least three months. And I had to get a colonoscopy “to rule out internal bleeding.” Meanwhile, my iron numbers just worsened. (Duh!) I jumped through every hoop, and finally had two iron infusions in May.

During that six month period, I experienced ever-increasing symptoms of iron deficiency: horrible insomnia, inability to stay focused, constant fatigue, headaches. Days without writing turned into frustrated months. I was stressed by both the hematologist’s dictates, and my declining physical and mental abilities. I was told in mid-May to not expect any effect from the iron infusions for 4-8 weeks.

ShaylaBandit a beautiful pairWithin a week of the second iron infusion, my beloved avatar kitty Shayla passed away at age 16. We got her as a kitten to befriend a feral Siamese kitten, Bandit, that we’d trapped and taken inside over the winter. Bandit has never let us touch her in all those 16 years, and suddenly she lost her only friend. For the last three weeks I’ve spent countless hours each day trying to comfort and console Bandit, mostly by talking with her. She cries constantly. She needs coaxing to eat. We installed a Feliway infuser, which may be helping with her anxiety, I don’t really know. She’s making very slow progress. We are witness to her unending grief, and are unable to truly process our own while she is in this constant state of anguish.

So I’ve struggled to find and maintain focus, and to write anything to completion. I’m in week 5 of the 4-8, and growing very impatient to get on with it. My sleep is improving, and exhaustion doesn’t quite feel like my normal state now. The most frustrating thing is that for six months I’ve felt like I’ve finished my pending book Don’t Forget About You — inside my head. It’s just getting it transferred into a computer that seems so elusive.

Finishing this blog post in the midst of this struggle is an important first step for me. I hope you’ll continue this journey with me, as I have lots to say, and it’s way past time that I make that manifest.

 
 
 

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Jan 26 2016

Glaring Need for Treatment of Dissociative Disorders

 
 

This is my first Storify story, which allows you to realign Twitter (and other media) from a top down perspective, making it much easier to follow the conversation. It’s long bothered me that important discussions scroll off into oblivion on Twitter; this is one way to capture them.

If this post does not render correctly via email or RSS, you can see it by either clicking back here to the blog, or you can read it directly on Storify.

 

 
 
 

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Nov 20 2015

‘Many Voices’ Archives Available for Free!

 
 

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Many Voices was the heart and soul project of Lynn Wasnak for over 20 years until her death in 2012.
 

The Many Voices homepage states: “Since 1989, MANY VOICES’ bimonthly newsletters, books, and website offer healing resources to people recovering from child abuse or severe trauma. MV readers form a community dedicated to healing from tragic physical, sexual, and emotional assaults. We suggest solutions to overcome dissociation, PTSD, flashbacks, self-injury and other disabling symptoms of a painful past. We publish the knowledge and caring of trauma therapy specialists on our Therapists’ Pages. And as we heal, we share our good news of regained health and improved relationships with others. We do our part to end the cycle of child abuse.”

I both subscribed to the newsletter for many years, and attended a couple of Many Voices conferences. The homepage cited above contains many valuable resources for anyone dealing with child abuse recovery, and anything to do with dissociation. But Lynn Wasnak ensured that all of these resources, including the newsletter, would be gifted to the future.

Many Voices issues are now the property of The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. According to Lynn Wasnak’s wishes, ALL of the issues of Many Voices from 1989-2012 are available to download as PDF’s.”

For free! You can download every single issue of Many Voices — all 141 issues! — under their Newsletter link. Lynn also created a detailed Subject Index, so you can go directly to whichever newsletter discusses subjects of interest to you!

This is a fabulous, generous resource available to anyone! Please take advantage of it. Lynn was in many ways a pioneer, making a safe space to discuss dissociation and difficult child abuse issues on the Internet as far back as 1989. I’m personally grateful to her for her labor of love!
 
 

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Nov 13 2015

‘Becoming One’ Sale Ends Late Nov. 14th!

 
 
 
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Only two days left to buy my Becoming One ebook from Amazon for just $.99 in both the US and UK! Around 11pm EST Saturday night the price reverts to $4.99. Just sayin’. ;)

It’s been a great fun week, meeting and talking with so many people who are interested in learning about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and generally, PTSD and the long-term effects of trauma.
 
 

But it’s time for me to get back to the publishing of my next book, Don’t Forget About You. Earlier this year, I took on what’s become a much larger task than I originally imagined: a Q&A-style book about DID. So much of trauma recovery revolves around learning — and relearning — good habits of self-care. It’s a universal theme, and it bothered me that a good chunk of what I was writing would be, in effect, hidden in a book about DID.

And that’s when I had my light bulb moment — I realized that the subject of self-care for trauma survivors deserves its own space.

The fabulous thing about indie publishing is you can pivot in a new direction, and readily actualize it without being beholden to some locked-in contract to finish the original book first. It’s so very freeing!

My plan is to make Don’t Forget About You available for pre-order within the next month, with actual publication in January! It’s an ambitious goal, and I think I’m worthy of it. :)

Meanwhile, go buy Becoming One while it’s still $.99, because that’s not going to happen again for a long, long time! Thank you to everyone who’s bought it already. I’d be very grateful for your review to be posted on Amazon!

 
 

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Nov 08 2015

‘Becoming One’ Sale Begins Sunday, Nov 8th!

 
 

NEWSFLASH! Becoming One is on sale at both Amazon US and UK for $.99 only from Sunday, November 8th through Saturday, November 14th! The price will then revert back to $4.99, so it definitely pays to shop a sale! :)

Through the magic of Photofunia, Becoming One is on display at the museum! And if you check the pic on the right, you get a small sense of a surprise I have coming soon, in the form of my next book, Don’t Forget About You! I will be posting more about that later this week. Fun times!

 
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