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Michele Rosenthal (CHT,CPC)
Have you ever felt like something happened to you and you’ve been dramatically changed by it? Have you ever felt lost, disconnected from yourself, others and the world? Does something from the past continue to linger in the present and make you feel fear, anxiety, grief, loss, depression, anger or panic? Do you ever feel that the future is just incredibly dark and bleak and you’re destined to live a life with a whole lot of misery? If you answered 'Yes!' to any of these questions tthen you and I are a lot alike!
Back when I was a kid a survived a trauma that was so horrific it changed me -- a lot. For a long time I tried to pretend it hadn’t happened. I tried to be brave and carry on (that’s what we’re supposed to do, right?), even while I developed horrible insomnia, frequent nightmares and couldn’t stop my mind from carrying with me a huge sense of foreboding and danger.
Years of this went by and I grew into an adult who had trouble developing a professional career, engaging in deep and meaningful relationships and building a life that made me feel freedom, joy, purpose and meaning.
And then I discovered I could live feeling much more calm, relaxed, safe, in control and full of happiness. How did I do it? The same way you can: Through strategizing and developing a healing process that allowed me to do three things: 1) conquer the past, 2) connect to the present, 3) create the future.
This whole process is outlined in my book, BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED, which was recently nominated for the BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE award. I’ve also shared them in media outlets like The Dennis Miller Show, CBS radio, The Palm Beach Post. My follow up book, YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA: Practices for Constructing Post-Trauma Identity, will be available from W.W. Norton in 2014.
What are you going to do today to start transforming yourself from powerless to powerful? Building your own transformation begins with making a choice and taking an action. Join me at YourLifeAfterTrauma.com for helpful ideas, tips and articles about how to release the past, process posttraumatic stress and create a new future to rebuild you after trauma. Plus, you can access over 50 experts sharing suggestions for how to do all of that on my radio show, YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA, which airs weekly and is full of downloadable archives.
Always remember this: You have enormous healing potential. The goal is learning to access it. Dig deep. You can do this. I believe in you!
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
As a thirteen year old girl I survived an illness so rare none of my doctors had ever seen it: an allergy to a medication turned me into a full body, third-degree burn patient almost overnight. (If you like diagnostic labels, I survived Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome.) By the time I was released from the hospital I had lost more than just 100% of my epidermis – I had lost myself.
For the next twenty-four years I struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Then I was diagnosed and went on a healing rampage! By the time I emerged I was 100% PTSD-free. That was years ago. Ever since my recovery I’ve dedicated myself to helping other survivors develop their own healing rampage. It’s my passion and mission to educate, inspire, coach and mentor so that you heal faster and lose less of your life than I did.
We can’t always find meaning in our trauma, but we can make meaning come out of it. This is how I do it…
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