What's New - June 20

Dear Henry,

What's new with you?

This week has been an odd one for me, full of surprises and serendipity and I am really glad I experienced it.

For some time, I had been getting requests to write about how I manage my pain and PTSD. 

The decision to actually start writing about it was a hard one for me to make. Mostly because I don't think I have always handled it well, but I also subscribe to the theory that "anything without remedy should be without regard" and since there is no cure for either, there isn't much reason to talk about them, although sometimes (often?) both conditions crop up enough to be noticeable to others.

I decided to wade into the waters when I heard things other survivors were saying. I feel that many get great catharsis from sharing their experiences and I also feel, after reading several of these accounts, that other opinions of "life after a traumatic experience" need available.

I still struggled with writing anything, though, because I still wasn't sure about the delivery.  I detest being thought of as a victim and I didn't want to write it as such.

It was the accidental pilgrimage to the Precious Memories Chapel that became the catalyst.

Like the artist Frida Kahlo, Samuel J. Butcher also painted his pain and grief and it was seeing his work that reminded me how much of my experiences with sadness influence my art and it gave me the direction I needed to proceed.

Still, I feel I must make the caveat that pain and PTSD are pretty personal things and everything I relate is based upon my opinions and experiences.

Of course, my opinions are backed by things I have researched and read (which to date is approximately 1,100 books - if you are curious about which ones,  please see my Goodreads profile for details.  I have also reviewed about 430 of my favorites at www.riteoffancy.com and I have a backlog of about 50 books to review), but still, these are my opinions and I am neither a medical doctor nor a psychologist.


In the first post, Can Anyone Cry Job's Tears? I tried to establish my "credentials" (is there such a thing?) and my first "trick", which is gratitude.

Of course, getting to this stage involved a certain about of spiritual evolution, so within this post, there are some biblical references.

I'll have to get back to the service members at www.everydaypatriot.com next week, I seem to have gone on a tangent this one.

xoxo a.d.






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