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Invisible Wound Manifesting Invisible Wounds

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06/11/2019
Art can heal PTSD's invisible wounds

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Trauma silences its victims, says creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal. In this inspiring talk, Walker describes how mask-making, in particular, allows afflicted servicemen and women reveal what haunts...

05/28/2019

“Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother,
and my sisters, and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people,
Back to the beginning!

Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them,
In the halls of Valhalla!
Where the brave may live forever.
-Viking Prayer

Responding to dick comments because, no, we can't sleep either:
05/01/2019

Responding to dick comments because, no, we can't sleep either:

04/24/2019

Screw you healthine.garbage. Thanks for being unhelpful. I'm surprised one on the list isn't "Sleep."

1.)Lower the Room Temperature. Share on Pinterest. ...
2.)Use the "4-7-8" Breathing Method. ...
3.)Get on a Schedule. ...
4.)Experience Both Daylight and Darkness. ...
5.)Practice Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness. ...
6.)Do Not Look at Your Clock. ...
7.)Avoid Naps During the Day. ...
8.)Watch What and When You Eat.

02/12/2019
Invisible Wound

Invisible Wound

Statue

I visit the statue often.
Even though the statue is far from home.
I find myself standing alone in the darkness, in a clearing.
He is imposing in size, made of solid, immovable stone.
His heavy feet stand in a place that was likely a house..a foundation weathered into a clearing long ago.
I approach the statue.
I often wonder what he's looking at in the distance. Or maybe he's not looking at anything. It's hard to tell. On my toes, I balance myself to stare into his unmoving eyes.
I slide my hand over his smooth, cool arm. I pull myself to it, momentarily find comfort despite its lack of response.
I knock on his chest, the sound is hollow, thunderous even.
I press my ear against his stone chest...imagining he might be crawled up inside somehow. I listen quietly, almost sure I hear a heartbeat.
I hear nothing.
I can't remember how long this statue has been there.
It seems like days, but just as likely, years.
But I remember the night I realized I was too late.
All at once I noticed his feet had been hardened into place. I ran to him. Why couldn't he hear my screams to tell him he was changing?
He doesn't hear me even though he nods at me. How long has he been unable to hear me?
I sobbed, wrapping my arms around him.
I pleaded to his deaf ears as I felt his body turn to stone, cold, pressed against mine.
I looked up at him, desperate to find his familiar, blue gaze.
It was too late, his eyes were already fixed.
It was done.

When I visit him, I wrap myself around him. My eyes squeezed tightly, I try to will those stone arms to hold me.
Maybe my love will be enough.
But those heavy arms never move.

I visit the statue often.
I press my face against his smooth cheek.
I whisper to him about my life, ask him for his thoughts, and cry in his stone lap when I'm sad.
At times, I think he can hear me, but I can't be sure.
Although I know he's a statue, I still think my love can be enough.
I hold him and hope for one day, to feel him stir in my arms.
I visit him, often even though it's far from home.

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02/01/2019

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02/01/2019

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A huge failure in the Veteran community has been not focusing enough on the traumatic brain injury (TBI)  that often acc...
02/01/2019
RELATIONSHIP STABILITY AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AMONG VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS: A VA TBI MODEL SYSTEMS STUDY

A huge failure in the Veteran community has been not focusing enough on the traumatic brain injury (TBI) that often accompanies PTS. No one talks about it- it just happens at families while they are busy fighting the emotional symptoms of trauma. Families fearlessly face PTS, but are never told to look behind them and the silent enemy. There's no road map for this. Although many of you walk it, there isn't even a road. But you're not alone.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5839478/

To explore stability of relationships and predictors of change in relationship status two years following TBI/Polytrauma.Five Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers (VA PRCs).357 active duty service members and Veterans enrolled ...

Stages of PTS. They aren't linear- you can go back and fourth between a few in any order. None of them seem like stages ...
02/01/2019

Stages of PTS. They aren't linear- you can go back and fourth between a few in any order. None of them seem like stages to look forward to. Not sure how I feel about this one. Thoughts?

Predators in training with Anis Heremic in Virginia. (Krav Maga: Ratnik Self-Defense System)https://loudounnow.com/2018/...
10/25/2018
Bosnian War Survivor Teaches Others the Art of Krav Maga

Predators in training with Anis Heremic in Virginia. (Krav Maga: Ratnik Self-Defense System)

https://loudounnow.com/2018/10/25/bosnian-war-survivor-teaches-others-the-art-of-krav-maga/

With the Bosnian War now more than two decades in the past, one of its survivors has set up a new life in America and is using his experiences and lasting memories of the conflict to teach others how to defend themselves. Anis Heremic escaped Bosnia with his parents and sister in 1998, just three

On Memorial Day we remember those who sacrificed everything. May we honor those heroes by caring for those Veterans who ...
05/28/2018

On Memorial Day we remember those who sacrificed everything. May we honor those heroes by caring for those Veterans who live- That can’t sleep at night, because they remember those who sacrificed, not just today, but every day.

04/11/2018
Say it. I dare you. Once I’m done hyperventilating, you’re dead.
04/09/2018

Say it. I dare you. Once I’m done hyperventilating, you’re dead.

This is your brain on tai chi:
04/06/2018

This is your brain on tai chi:

Aw!! Remember when Fort Polk PR team put us on a bus to meet the governor? You had us all lined up there shaking your ha...
03/22/2018

Aw!! Remember when Fort Polk PR team put us on a bus to meet the governor? You had us all lined up there shaking your hand, telling us all about all the great jobs you were providing a spouses in the military. Was I supposed to get a newsletter or something? Or was I supposed to just be excited that I was in a photograph with you as you lied? You had a good handshake though..Until I asked you what you were doing for spouses. That’s when they put us on the bus and took us back to the base. #bobbyjindal I hope you go for the presidency! I’d be so excited to share my experience meeting you, and the very nervous PR team. Aw. Look how cute we are. Us little wives in the newspaper like big kids. 😍

03/21/2018

#walterreedsociety Please let me know if you would like me to resend my cost-efficient proven care plan for veterans and family members with posttraumatic stress. You didn’t care so much about it last year, with your goal on treating one couple at a time....Although $50,000 for 12 couples “bridging the gap” doesn’t seem so accurate, none of us seem to be doing so hot. Just saying. Let us know if you want to chat, we always want to hear from you! Always nice to know you still think of us!

03/10/2018

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I submitted a proposal to the president of the Walter Reed society for review last year- we partnered with them on retreats previously. The proposal was a very detailed and proven community based model for continued care. Not the shell retreat programs that cost a fortune, and have left most participants worse than before. The society was not interested. So IW removed ourselves from being affiliated with what we found was a fiscally irresponsible shell program. Let me know if you’re interested in seeing those emails sometime! I believe the response was, their focus would remain treating one couple at a time. I’ll let you know when they call me and my husband. We’re hoping we’re next! #pts #supportourveterans #yourfriendsnotmine

This is tragic. These supporters dedicated to helping Veterans should NEVER have met this fate. The other side of me- th...
03/10/2018
California gunman was kicked out of veterans program before deadly hostage situation

This is tragic. These supporters dedicated to helping Veterans should NEVER have met this fate. The other side of me- the side you won’t like- wonders, what the f**k? Because SOMEONE must of known there was still work to do. Why was he turned away- where was he turned to? This is why #continuingcare is critical for people with no where to go. It’s sad, it’s devastating. For everyone involved. #veterans #pts **note my spouse just left “treatment”- and has never been worse. Friends have left programs, and been worse than before. Programs don’t rehabilitate people- continued community care does.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/03/10/california-veterans-home-gunman-victims-identified/413140002/

Authorities say three women who devoted their lives to helping traumatized vets were killed by an ex-patient.

Logan Paul: Is he an insensitive and opportunistic jerk? Maybe. But I then I see opportunity here as well:YouTube should...
01/11/2018
YouTube finally hands down punishment to creator for posting dead body video

Logan Paul:

Is he an insensitive and opportunistic jerk? Maybe. But I then I see opportunity here as well:

YouTube should use the Logan Paul video as an opportunity to highlight the importance of suicide prevention and awareness, not bury it so people sleep better at night. #loganpaul #Youtube #suicide

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/01/youtube-waits-a-little-too-long-to-punish-logan-paul-for-dead-body-video/

After nearly two weeks, YouTube removes Logan Paul from Google Preferred.

Strong. Powerful. Healthy. Happy. What about you? What are you thinking and becoming? Don't say a donut.
01/03/2018

Strong. Powerful. Healthy. Happy. What about you? What are you thinking and becoming? Don't say a donut.

Learning
01/01/2018

Learning

No promises...?
01/01/2018

No promises...?

Care about people who deserve your love. And cake. Always care about cake.
01/01/2018

Care about people who deserve your love. And cake. Always care about cake.

Stop apologizing. You belong here. You deserve to be happy.
12/31/2017

Stop apologizing. You belong here. You deserve to be happy.

Happy New Year to all the voices in your head!
12/31/2017

Happy New Year to all the voices in your head!

Happiness to you in 2018
12/31/2017

Happiness to you in 2018

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