Who Has Walked in Your Shoes?

Who Has Walked in Your Shoes?

Sometimes when I sit down to write a blog post, the saddest phrases come to mind. Falling apart. Feeling of dread. Landscape of hopelessness. Sheesh. Shake it off, Sydney.   The fact is, these descriptions once fit my life and my state of mind. But I’ve taken back so...
A Time to Cry, a Time to Hope

A Time to Cry, a Time to Hope

When Rev. Margie Swenson reviewed my recently published book, Hope After Trauma and PTSD: Making Sense of the Pain, she wrote:   “This book is about the need to lament—to live in the grief and sorrow and not run from it—yet to lament with hope because of God’s...
When Circumstances Don’t Change

When Circumstances Don’t Change

I had a friend who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He seemed healthy in every way … at first. But soon the newborn was clearly in distress. Tests revealed that he had no liver. The heartbroken parents (there are no words) held him and loved him every minute of his...
Go Deep

Go Deep

Remember how it feels to barely keep your head above water? Spin out of control? Head for a black hole? It’s like being caught in a “maelstrom,” a vicious storm or a violent whirlpool at sea. Imagine that two ocean currents, traveling in opposite directions, try to...
Three Ways to Wait

Three Ways to Wait

Waiting. Ugh. I find it excruciating, especially when I feel trapped by my circumstances. If you’ve been through a trauma, you know what I mean. It can take years to process the mess you’re in. You actively pursue healing, but you still have to wait … to...
There Comes a Moment

There Comes a Moment

Can you remember a day when something painful finally stopped hurting? Perhaps the pain came with an illness, from a fall, or after you moved furniture all by yourself. I remember wearing a pair of shoes that rubbed two toes raw. It felt so good when I could finally...
For now …

For now …

Just want you to know that I’m taking a break for a while. Need to relax, regroup, recover some more. If anything comes up that’s urgent, please contact me via the form on this site. Blessings.
Worrying About the World?

Worrying About the World?

Recently, I’ve been answering some very interesting questions on Quora, an information-exchange website. Many of the questions concern anxiety and worry. Do you find that PTSD has lowered your worry quotient? We spend so much time in our heads, so it seems completely...
Step Away From PTSD

Step Away From PTSD

When trauma hits, shock waves shoot through your life. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) sweeps in next and shatters your very being. What’s left of you (not much) begins a sojourn into suffering.   Did something like this happen when you got PTSD? It’s not...