About

This blog is about the “big” Recovery, ‘recovery’ in the biggest sense of that word — recovery of self, recovery of who I was always meant to be.

I am a former mental health therapist with a graduate education who, a few years ago, found myself on a medical leave from my stressful job.  That leave turned into an extended time away as I dealt with — and still deal with — the reality of my own mental health problems.  I have a recent 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, unacknowledged childhood trauma in my family of 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 until recently 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.

I started this blog three years ago and I benefit greatly from sharing my story in this venue and from reading the stories of others in their blogs.  Right now, this blog is mainly for my own benefit.  For the time being, I’m using a pen-name in my blog posts.  This is for the simple and important reason that this allows me to be more open and honest about what I write.

I hope that, in time, this blog will turn into something more than it is right now.  My hope is to help others, in bigger ways.  I don’t think the commonly accessed mental health systems available to most people adequately diagnose and treat many mental health problems, particularly those rooted in trauma, including childhood trauma in families.

I’ve had support in finding the light on my path.  In the future, I hope to build something that will help others access similar supports, including financial support, and that will help them to find the other appropriate resources they need to treat their mental health issues, and to find themselves.

So stay tuned.  This is only the beginning.

I am so grateful to have your company on my road back to me, and on my eventual journey of creating a resource for healing for others.

I wish you all the best.

Yours,

Annie.

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21 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!

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

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    2. SoundEagle says:

      Hi Annie,

      My earlier comment that disappeared begins like this:

      I agree with summerstartstoshine!

      Thank you, Annie, for sharing your experiences and stories with us so unreservedly.

      I have also been to your other pages named “Resources” and “Music to Recover By”, where you wrote in the latter that “Art is related to recovery because art is about claiming and reclaiming identity.”, and where you listed some songs. I would like to resonate with you through art and music with…..

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      1. Hello Sound Eagle! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and for visiting my blog!! I’m so glad to know you visited the ‘Resources’ and ‘Music to Recovery By’ pages (which I hope to update before too long). Thank you also for quoting my words about the link between art and recovery — I needed to read those words again!

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      2. SoundEagle says:

        Hi, I just submitted an earlier comment a minute or two ago, and again it has not got through. Please kindly retrieve the comment in your WordPress spam or trash folder. 🙂

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      3. SoundEagle says:

        I am trying again and see if this one will get through.

        Here is my earlier comment in its entirety. I hope that it will get through this time. 🙂

        I agree with summerstartstoshine!

        Thank you, Annie, for sharing your experiences and stories with us so unreservedly.

        I have also been to your other pages named “Resources” and “Music to Recover By”, where you wrote in the latter that “Art is related to recovery because art is about claiming and reclaiming identity.”, and where you listed some songs. I would like to resonate with you through art and music with my own list at soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/soundeagle-in-soundcloud-art-music-and-compositions-about-new-sensations-love-life-country-nature-dreaming-meditation-and-spirituality/

        Please enjoy!

        May we resonate with each other through our art and music!

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      4. I see your comment here now and I will check out your list! Thank you so much for your persistence!! Love and light, A.

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      5. SoundEagle says:

        Thank you, Annie. I suspect that changing a setting on commenting may be the solution such that commenters may leave web links in their comments without the risk of WordPress automatically consigning their comments to the spam or junk folder. 🙂

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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/

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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