Birth Trauma Survivor and Maternal Health Advocate

PTSD: My Diagnosis

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety condition which can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event  involving the threat of injury or death.

Diagnosis is most commonly assigned to:

  • War veterans,
  • Victims of assault, abuse and rape, terrorism
  • Survivors of natural disasters, crashes and accidents

I was diagnosed with PTSD shortly after the birth of my daughter, who I will refer to on this website and my blog as Miss J.

I have neither fought alongside our brave men and women in uniform, nor been assaulted, but what happened to me in April of 2010 can be described as nothing short of a disaster.

The delivery of Miss J was perfect. But shortly after, I started hemorrhaging. With minutes to spare, I was rushed into surgery and the chances of my survival were slim.

I survived and officially became a veteran of a silent war.

For over two years I lived with PTSD. The road to recovery was not been easy, but I am a survivor. I love my daughter and I love my husband. I love our family and our friends. I love life. Thank you to my friends and family who encouraged me to tell my story. To those of you who have given me a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold, you will forever be my Angels.

I am going to tell my story , along with the stories of other courageous women I have met along the way. I want to give you the background first, so please allow some time for the story to develop.  I want this site to be a place for sharing, healing, laughter and love. Feel free to ask me questions and comment on my posts.

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD I hope to be able to provide you with some information that might be helpful to you. Please seek help.

More than 13 million Americans suffer from PTSD.

You may find the resources below helpful.

Do you have PTSD? Take this self assessment to find out.

Mayo Clinic PTSD

National Center for PTSD

Every Mother Counts

Heal My PTSD

The Post-Traumatic Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery and Growth

 

 

 

 

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