A few years ago, I found myself on a medical leave from a stressful job.  That leave turned into an extended time away as I dealt with the reality of my mental health problems — a diagnosis of a Dissociative Disorder (DDNOS – Dissociative Disorder not otherwise specified) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  My mental health issues are rooted in a history of chronic childhood trauma in my family or origin.

In the time since first being treated for these issues, I also came head-to-head with some other problems.  I had financial issues and declared bankruptcy.  I also recognized a budding issue with alcohol and decided to become sober.  I write about those things — and other deeply personal struggles — in this blog, too.  This blog is about my healing but it’s about more than that: it’s about my journey of recovery of my true self.

My home for the past couple of years has been a tiny log-cabin like dwelling on a gravel road in the forest.  The forest and being surrounded by nature has aided my healing and I write about that here as well.  In addition to lots of psychotherapy sessions, writing and all forms of creative self-expression have become important vehicles for my healing — my return to my self — and you’ll find blog posts about those things here, too.

For the time being, I plan to use a pen name and to keep some other identifying details of my life private.  This is for the simple and important reason that I find that this anonymity allows me to be more honest and open in my posts.

I benefit greatly from sharing my story in this venue and from reading the stories of others in their blogs.

I am so grateful to have your company on my road back to me.

Yours in healing,



15 Comments Add yours

  1. mariemathilda says:

    Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster Award! For more details please check out my blog post here: https://mariemathilda.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/liebster-award-2/ I hope you enjoy it!


    1. Wow, thanks. I appreciate that. A.

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  2. mariemathilda says:

    Hi Annie, me again. I nominated you for the Three Day Quote challenge! Have fun. https://mariemathilda.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/three-day-quote-challenge-day-1/


  3. Thanks, I’m so flattered and grateful. It’s sweet of you to nominate me and your recognition motivates me to keep writing. After some soul-searching, I’ve decided not to participate in awards and challenges — I find the work involved in them stressful! I hope you understand. I hope you keep writing and I hope you enjoy the awards and challenges you take part in! I look forward to checking out some more of your blog posts. Annie.


  4. I found your blog by the tag, “Soul Care,” and am glad you are finding reading and writing to be helping you on your journey to wholeness. God bless you.

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    1. Thank you! You’ve made my entire day with your radiant hello. I’m glad you told me you found me with the tag, “Soul Care.” God bless you too. A.

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  5. revengestar says:

    Your blog is awsome!

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    1. Wow, thanks so much! A.

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  6. It’s good to meet you!

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  7. I just came across your blog and look forward to reading more! Keep on keeping on. You rock.

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    1. You are so wonderful!! I just got the shivers. Being told that I rock is the best thing. Take care (and rock on…) A.


  8. What an authentic blog. I love it! I need to go through more of your posts when I have more time. I have a very similar history to you by the sounds of it. I look forward to connecting with you more and hopefully supporting each other along ❤

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂 There is no healing without authenticity and I’m so pleased this resonated with you.

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