I’m Still Finding My Way

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The grief and hope that comes with parenting a child who is the age you were when you first experienced trauma is overwhelming, painful but also healing and restorative. How do you parent as a trauma survivor? I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I’ve learned during my journey.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a new diagnosis for me. I am like many adults who experienced something traumatic in their life. For me, it was a violation of consent and boundaries as a child. A bundle of PTSD symptoms lay undiagnosed and mostly dormant, until recently. Looking back the signs began to emerge shortly after I found out I was pregnant in the fall of 2013. As my pregnancy progressed, I gave birth and watched my child grow, I felt increasingly disconnected and detached from my body. I experienced paralyzing hypervigilance, stress-induced migraines and seizures and I started…

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