Dana Rutherford shares her story of overcoming abuse through receiving services from Sunrise of Pasco just three years prior. She is now a domestic violence advocate and speaker. Click to see more.
The Trauma Survivor’s Guide to the Crazy Gift of Grief
Just this past month, I was hit hard with feelings of sadness and regret during a time that should have been the happiest of my life after graduating college. There is no playbook when it comes to grief, and I realized at 36 years old, my childhood trauma needed some nurturing.
The Trauma Survivor’s Guide to Romance After Wreckage
Romance is much more than being swept away, having sex, or a cheesy Hollywood movie. It's also more than the manipulative "honeymoon stage" of the abuse cycle. You CAN have romance after wreckage (including sex and fancy dates), and this is what it looks like in real life.
The Trauma Survivor’s Guide to Psychological Abuse: Gaslighting, Reactive Abuse, and More
Many people walk around psychologically abused, and they don't even know it's happening. Tactics such as gaslighting and reactive abuse are just some of the weapons used against survivors to keep them confused and blaming themselves. Read on to learn more about this and how I took back my life from it.
The Trauma Survivor’s Guide to Suicidal Thoughts: How Mental Health Issues Can’t Just Be “Prayed Away”
*TRIGGER WARNING* I had dealt with suicidal thoughts off and on my entire life. I had no idea that getting the help I needed could intensify that in the beginning of my trauma recovery. As much as I believe in the power of prayer, I needed more help. Read on to hear more about my story with suicidal thoughts.
Tim’s Take on the Single Mom Stigma
When a person on social media had "keyboard courage" to say that Tim was weak and foolish to marry a single mom who "just wanted a baby daddy," it made him reflect on the stigma that single moms endure. It also brought out the fact that being a father figure can be looked at as "weak" in some eyes. Read on for his take on this topic.
The Trauma Survivor’s Guide to ADHD:How Stigma Leads to Suffering
There is SO much more to ADHD than just being hyper or distracted, and stigmas are causing many kids and adults to be misdiagnosed with behavioral issues. My sons' battles caused them to beg me for help. I pray my story helps another parent who may be allowing people's opinions cause them to feel ashamed to get their children (or themselves) the help that they need.
Tim’s Take on a Police Officer’s Regret
As a former police officer, Tim saw domestic violence cases daily, but this one sticks out more than any other. He only wishes he had done one other thing. Read on to hear more from Tim.
The Trauma Survivor’s Guide to Body Image: Eating Disorders, Insecurity, and Everywhere In-between
Body image issues aren't just painful. For many, they can be completely traumatic. This trauma response can vary from low self-esteem to full-blown eating disorders and can be triggered by food issues to sexual abuse or more. Read on to see how healing is possible both cognitively and spiritually.
The Trauma Survivor’s Guide to Coparenting with a Narcissist
Abuse can continue when the victims leave. In my case of coparenting with a narcissist, it magnified, and the weapons were our children. This is a must-read if you or someone you know is coparenting with an abuser.