“If you just”

450px-Budeprion-XL-300mg

Note: this post was prompted by posts made by my friend Beth (On Fibromyalgia and Spiritual Emergency, over on PaganSquare) and Heather (Let's Talk About Social Services, also over on PaganSquare).For those of you just tuning in, I have PTSD, which in my case manifests with depression and anxiety.  I have been on an antidepressant as of March, and an anti-anxiety med as of May.This is not my first go-round with medication.  I was diagnosed in 2002 and began a round of "treatment" which di … [Read more...]

Drawing strength from nature: by Nornoriel Lokason

The_needles_at_Cannon_beach

This is the second piece of the three-part collaborative series by Staff of Asclepius contributors.The element that I most have an affinity for, in terms of magical and energy work, is water.  I have only ever lived in coastal states.  I could not live too far inland or someplace like the Midwest because I would feel "landlocked".I am fortunate to live within a reasonable driving distance of the Oregon coast, where I have made a few trips with friends of mine, including a couple of p … [Read more...]

Finding motivation

Three Points Lane, Runt's Wood by Andy Gryce.

I released a book this past Friday, entitled Visions of Vanaheim (PDF), which I previously released in 2009 under the name Svartesol - I began to work on a re-write in late 2013.  The re-write of the book - culling a significant portion of older material, revising what older material I kept, and writing a lot of new material - took a lot longer than I expected, for a lot of reasons.  During the re-write I wound up changing living situations and began to get some long-standing medical issues ad … [Read more...]

When I Hit Bottom

PGPT_staffofasclepius_bio

My husband and I were concerned that we wouldn't be able to adopt since I am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan. All of our books went under the bed, and I put simple scented candles and a large seashell on my altar. We filled out initial state papers saying I was a UU and he was Spiritual. I wondered about the legality of this, and after nine weeks of foster/adoption classes we found out we didn't have to include that information. We were honest about my PTSD and our depression.Everything was … [Read more...]

Divorcing My Biological Family

Divorcing My Biological Family by Lydia M CrabtreeI challenged Tara to write about her father’s funeral unfettered by worry and concern that her biological family would comment or be hurt by what she had to say. During my challenge I promised I would write about something I find difficult: my decision to divorce my biological family.I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of years of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of my biological family. As T … [Read more...]

Dragonflies

Image: Dragonfly by André KarwathSome of my favorite childhood memories are of playing with my sisters in our basement in Iowa. Roaming the woods of Missouri with my youngest sister and building shelters and small fires for cooking bacon. My father read to us each night from the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of books. When he and I went fishing I’d watch the dragonflies dance in the air and land on our poles. “The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies on … [Read more...]

Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 2 (possible triggers)

Image: Theatrical masks of Tragedy and Comedy. Mosaic, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. The piece can be found at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Palazzo dei Conservatori, first floor, hall of the Horti of Mæcenas. From the Baths of Decius on the Aventine Hill, Rome. Public DomainIn The Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 1, I wrote about admitting myself to a stress unit in May because I was thinking about harming myself through cutting. I knew I would be there for at least four days and … [Read more...]

The Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 1

In ”Hestia at Work and Home”, I wrote about my new job. Unfortunately it lasted only two and a half months before I had a breakdown. A couple of cooks quit and my hours increased to almost full time. Because of my PTSD and epilepsy I can only handle part time work, which isn’t easy to find.It’s scary when you aren’t yourself. When this demented feeling takes over, filling you with pain and sorrow. Something in your mind fights the feeling that you aren't safe and you're going to die. At times … [Read more...]

The tricky mind and body connection.

I recently had a scary incident where my antibiotics interfered with my medication and I spiraled into a unhealthy mental state.Even though I had sever bronchitis I was feeling great. I was so happy to be alive and in love with my husband and pets. The little girl I had dreamed of a year ago was finally born to my sister. I sat on the couch wrapped up in my favorite comforter drinking oloong tea and doing word search puzzles. My soul was amazed by all of the wonderful colors and sounds in … [Read more...]

Community News Linkage

Disabilityscoop "Man With Cerebral Palsy Finalist In Oprah Network Contest" by Michelle Diament Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy, is a finalist in a contest to host his own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He wants to create a travel show “for people who never thought they could travel.”As a side note: Redditors, members of the massive internet forum Reddit, held a campaign last summer to support Zach.Read more at www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/02/21/zach-anner-finalist/12367/Disaboom C … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X