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Jul 11

July 11, 2016

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have you ever had a panic attack? The question hung between us like angry, rain-saturated clouds positioning overhead. For me, the answer was obvious. Panic attacks are a common, unfortunate part of battling with Lyme disease and coinfections. But my relationship with panic attacks pre-dates my relationship with Lyme Disease. I have been married twice. Twice I have picked out... Read more

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Jun 16

June 16, 2016

Dear Friend with PTSD

Dear Friend with PTSD

Dear Friend, You just got out of my car and I’m left trying to decide whether to cry, pray, or follow you. You had a flashback, some might call it an episode. A brutally unfair symptom of PTSD that interrupts a perfectly lovely cup of coffee with a friend or a breezy summer drive with memories of horror and pain.... Read more

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May 26

May 26, 2016

Five Things People with PTSD Want You to Know

I had spent a lifetime keeping memories behind closed doors.  I thought I had frozen them all in my heart to keep them contained. But trauma thaws. I felt like I betrayed my family code. I felt weak.  I coped in so many different ways to stay numb and avoid the feelings that are stored in the marrow of your... Read more

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