Birth Trauma Survivor and Maternal Health Advocate

“Although she was giddy with exhaustion, sleep was a lover who refused to be touched….” ― Janet Fitch, Paint it Black

I wanted Miss J to lay next to me all night but the night nurse/army sergeant made Bobby put her back in the bassinet. That’s the thing about being a patient–you don’t get to make decisions, especially after a traumatic accident. Everyone not only tells you what to do, but also when and how to…

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The Heart of Beauty: The Video

As a make-up artist, I believe that in order to truly make someone feel beautiful, you have to look beyond the surface. You have to try and see what is in a person’s heart and ask, Who is this person? Where has she been? Where does she want to go? Who does she want to…

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The Faces Of Autism: Meet Mikey, Christine and Michael MacPherson

I am going to tell you a lot about the MacPherson family over the next few weeks. Today, I want to share with you some pictures of their beautiful family. They enjoy trips to the beach and the pumpkin patch. Mikey loves to swim. Christine, always a planner, loves holidays and birthdays and decorates for each…

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What is your definition of Trauma?

For me it was many things. The blood. Feeling Dr. B’s hand and arm inside my body, massaging my uterus over and over again. Fear of closing my eyes. Vomiting on myself. Being nude in front of all those strangers. The surgery. Not holding Miss J. Demerol. Tranfusions. Uncertainty about life and death. The death…

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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…

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