Posts Tagged ‘trauma’

The Awesomeness Challenge: Smashed!

My Awesomeness Challenge for Hugo’s third birthday, and to celebrate the third anniversary of me being not dead went ahead as planned on Monday 20 February 2017…and I smashed it! Not only did I smash the fitness challenge itself – check out the video below for highlights of the 12 exercises – but my fundraising […] Read more…

EMDR Therapy, Survived

The cupboard door was opened. All of the contents, stuffed in the cupboard haphazardly and the door forced shut, tumbled on top of me. I felt suffocated, paralysed. But I emerged. I survived EMDR therapy. I survived EMDR therapy when at one point I thought it was making my symptoms worse, and that it was […] Read more…

My Blog Makeover

I’ve given my blog a little makeover: what do you think? My blog, like me, is something that is constantly evolving, and I like the way it looks to reflect that evolution.  The makeover is something I’ve been pondering for a little while, and I’ve spent time thinking about how I might like it to […] Read more…

What EMDR Therapy Feels Like

After my serious illness and the death of Hugo I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD happens as the result of trauma. Part of PTSD means that parts of the brain that deal with threats, memory, and decision-making (as well as the links between them) are damaged, meaning it is difficult to distinguish […] Read more…

Why We Need To Improve Perinatal Mental Health Support

We need to improve perinatal mental health support. With mental ill health remaining a taboo subject, experiencing mental ill health carrying a stigma, and mental ill health constantly misunderstood this all mental health services suffer from chronic underfunding and insufficient investment in terms of dedicated resources. Perinatal mental health is too often at the bottom […] Read more…

Two Years of Hugo’s Legacy

Today marks two years of Hugo’s Legacy. I was reminded of this by a Facebook memory this morning, which prompted me to think about everything that has happened since I hit ‘publish’ on that first post. In April 2014 I was in that stage of raw, visceral early grief. I was confused, angry, frightened. Full […] Read more…

Heavyweight Memories

Memories. Things that are remembered. For me: these memories are heavy, an encumbrance, a millstone around my neck. A heavy weight. Memories. Things that are remembered. For me: some memories are happy, and welcome. Other memories, not so much. This time of year is difficult: last Saturday marked Hugo’s second birthday. As much as Martin […] Read more…

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