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|Healing Chronic Disease and Health Problems
There gets to be a place in chronic
illness where you realize that being ill is
not going to stop you from living
--Rachel Naomi Remen
When you carry the burden of a chronic
disease or health condition, life can be
downright hard and seem quite unfair. Still a
ray of freedom resides in the form of choice.
You may not choose to be a diabetic, but you
can chooses how to respond to your diabetes
and manage it to the best of your ability. In
an interview published online in Share Guide,
Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen
Table Wisdom and My
notes that "the place in chronic illness"
mentioned above is "where your freedom
She goes on to say, "Yes, I'd love to see
perfectly, I'd love to be able to run three
miles. I can't do those things. But the
quality of my life is so much deeper than it
was when I was able to do those things. So
there's a freedom to transcend your illness,
not by curing it necessarily, because a cure
is not available to everyone, but by making
your life larger than it is. Growth is
possible for everyone, even if a cure is not."
Note that she speaks to the fact that a cure
may not be available to everyone, but healing
can be activated nevertheless. "Curing"
speaks to the elimination of disease or
disease symptoms, often through the use of
medicine, surgery, or psychotherapy.
"Healing," on the other hand, refers to
restoration of being whole, aware of the
rhythms of the world and in our lives,
and being empowered by this understanding.
Healing brings peace, acceptance, and love.
To read more about this topic and how your
personal writing can help you heal, click
DrT notes: You can learn more about Dr. Remen
by visiting her website at
This article quotes Dr.
Remen from an interview posted on the Share
Guide website which you can access by
here. To learn more about Share
|Writing for Wellness--Story by Story
Whether you are a survivor of trauma or abuse
or a professional supporting survivors, you
no doubt have many, many stories to tell.
Perhaps you have thought, "I should write a
book." Or friends and family have said, "You
need to write a book!"
Either way, make the leap from talking
stories to writing stories by joining us in
Half Moon Bay, CA, this coming April.
From the course announcement:
Save Saturday, April 19th, or Thursday, April
24th, 2008, to attend a one-day workshop at
Cameron's Inn at The Outback. 1410 S.
Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA. Choose
to attend whichever day works best in your
schedule or elect to attend both days to
experience the same material with a different
group of attendees.
The $95.00 fee includes lunch.
When you attend one of these workshops, you
will become a Creekside Communications
Seminar alumni and this affords you the
opportunity to attend future events at
significantly lowered rates.
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|Recovering from A Severe Accident
A little over ten years ago, Marsha Gentry
learned first hand that you don't have to be a
combat vet or a survivor of a horrendous
personal violence assault to experience first
hand the devastating ravages of trauma. She
survived a bus accident that killed three other
Left shattered and broken with
massive blood loss and numerous fractures
requiring days in an intensive care unit, she
recovered and then wrote After
the Accident to share her experience.
This book will enlighten many of us who work
with survivors of trauma but have not
experienced similar trauma ourselves.
An Amazon editorial review states,
"Recommended especially for members of the
nursing profession as a chance to "put on the
patient gown," this harrowing and highly
detailed account of trauma survival pulls the
reader through the arduous process of
long-term recovery and rehabilitation.
Gentry, new to writing since the bus accident
that almost took her life ten years ago,
tells her tale with gut-wrenching
self-examination and a sense of catharsis,
and delivers a fairly scathing critique of
the health care profession. She offers a
strong dose of caution regarding professional
control of the recovery process, citing the
inhumanities of hospital bureaucracy and
disinterested or over-worked staff. An ardent
testimony to the personal, medical, and
social challenges inherent in recovery,
Gentry's narrative is also suggested reading
for those who are struggling with serious
illness or otherwise navigating our current
health care system."
Writing about such experiences can be quite
healing for the author. They can also be
quite beneficial for readers by giving us
the distance to grasp the author's struggle
and pain in such a light that we change how
we care for others.
|DrT Speaks: Conference Announcement
The 10th Annual Warren Wetzel, MD Trauma /
Emergency Medicine Symposium will be
presented May 14, 2008 at Jacobi Medical
Center in New York.
Dr T's presentation, Taking Aim at
Intimate Partner Violence Trauma, will be
from 1:25 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.
Note that you will save 25% of the
registration fee if you register
|Important Town Hall Meeting about the Linkage Project
Phil Arkow writes to say, "Health After
Trauma readers will be interested in learning
about the upcoming National Town Meeting &
Summit which will be a national think-tank to
address the links between animal abuse and
family violence." The National Town Meeting &
Summit will be held in Portland, ME, on June
8-10, 2008. If you could publicize this in
your e-newsletter, we'd be most appreciative!
|Wait: Don't Leave Yet
Time for a little chuckle or
A Cure for the Workplace Blues
I hope you enjoy this video. It was sent to
me at least two or three times. Each time I
got a nice chuckle or two from it as Mrs.
Hughes wrings some humor out of her family life.
From Dr T and Creekside Communications
This month sets the stage for gearing up for
our local Half Moon Bay workshops offered
next month: Seeking
Wellness--Story by Story.
I am excited that at least one
mother-daughter team want to come on the same
Thanks for reviews of our Audiobook,
for Health After Trauma and
Abuse, read by
Moana Re Robertson.
Comments submitted so far:
- I really, really love this book
- It is a piece of the link that I believe
is missing in our culture of domestic
violence intervention/advocacy, which is
moving beyond surviving to a place of health,
confidence, hope, and dream-building. In
other words, now that the crisis is over, how
can I continue to heal, grow, and expand?
This is a question we have not historically
helped survivors to answer.
- The concepts are much more widely
applicable than to survivors of DV and other
abuse-in fact, anyone who has met a bump in
the road that has slowed them down (which I
guess ultimately is everyone-just that some
bumps are bigger than others) can use these
strategies. The tools help to identify and
feel emotions, clarify goals and dreams, and
facilitate movement and change.
- I like the emphasis on listening to the
subconscious, or our own deep core knowledge,
which is illustrated by your statement: "I
believe that free writing or expressive
writing works because, deep inside, we know,
but we don't know that we know".
- The book has a terrific mix of
instruction, illustrative stories, and
references to the writings of many experts in
the field. I found the rhythm and balance of
the content to be very comfortable. The doors
that you open for further inquiry with tastes
of many different researchers and writers,
leave the listener with a sense of
possibility and curiosity.
Some reviewers have checked in and are still
working on their reviews. Their comments will
be included in future issues of the Health
After Trauma eZine.
Please note that while the WellWriting for
Health After Trauma and Abuse book is a
self-help book, it does not replace the need
for any therapy or counseling that you are
To learn more about the Audiobook, click here
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