Invisible Wound

Invisible Wound Manifesting Invisible Wounds

Operating as usual

07/06/2020

Challenge accepted from Anne.
Could I please get two (2) friends or family members to copy and repost? I am trying to demonstrate that someone is always listening.
#SuicideAwareness
1-800-273-8255

Just two. Any two. Say DONE.

07/12/2019

Poem submission 6/12/2019

Happiness

I sit quietly, listening.
Putting my hand to my chest, I wait to feel it.
Like someone lost in a dark room, stumbling around, sliding hands on the walls trying to find the light switch.
My memories seem to melt together, colors and places, smiles- all swirl together- lost

It’s gone.

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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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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

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#project22 & #invisiblewound A poem to help those who are battling to cope with Invisible Wounds (ie Grief, TBI, PTSd, depression, diabetes, seizures, & etc) "One More Day, To Stay" Just breathe and take a few moments, Gives you, one more second, to check it, Gives you, one more minute, to spin it, Gives you, one more hour, to take power, Can, Give, You, One More Day, To Stay! - Rob Springer Disabled Warrior 2012'
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