It’s been a month since I posted on the blog layout below and I have been working and “being with” an exacerbation of my fatigue. I will be back as soon as my dear body has regained some margin, hopefully in 2 weeks! In the meantime you can stay in touch, get updates and see links on my Facebook Page.
I have a long-term vision for this blog. My goal is for each post to contribute to a growing educational web site that focuses on trauma and chronic illness. There is now enough content to structure the blog so that it provides just such a home for each new post. Tumbling the Stone won’t look much different at first glance but you’ll start to see new menu headers today. Each header will link to an introductory “landing” page and will, in time, have a drop down menu to make it easier to navigate and find information. I’ll introduce additional menu headings and landing pages in an upcoming post and I’ll keep expanding the site through regular posts.
Today I’m adding two menu headings: a new menu header on Trauma and updated content for Tools. Each header links directly to a landing page, and I link to an excerpt from these first two below. You get the equivalent of two blog posts for the price of one today :0).
The free downloadable ebook I’ve been working on is turning into a series of ebooks, and you will find the books at the bottom of each landing page once they are completed (hopefully in the next month or two).
New Menu Header: Trauma
When you have physical symptoms that fail to resolve or that progress despite “doing everything right,” you may feel as though it is your fault. You may worry that it’s because you are not trying hard enough, not doing enough or not “being” enough. You may have lost the sense of who you are. Don’t worry, you are not the cause of your symptoms … You are not to blame. Being judged for symptoms comes from our cultural and medical ignorance of trauma. Read More
In time the drop down menu for Trauma will include the following:
Types of Trauma
- In our Ancestors
- Pre and Perinatal
- In Childhood
- Before Onset
- After Onset
Patterns of Trauma
- Brain Plasticity
- The Nervous System
Updated Menu Header: Tools
One of the scariest and most stressful experiences in chronic illness can happen when treatments fail to work. Or when they make you worse. Or can’t prevent your symptoms from progressing over time. Certainly, it’s partly the nature of having a chronic illness, but when treatments that are helpful for some people cause problems for you it can be discouraging or make you feel like you are doing something wrong. If these experiences sound familiar, don’t worry. Your chronic illness is not hard to treat because you are “difficult.” There is a context for explaining these types of challenges to disease treatment and it comes from our understanding of the science of trauma. Read More
The Tools drop down menu will eventually look something like this:
Optimize Office Visits
The connections between trauma and chronic illness continue to evolve as I chew on the ideas through my own health challenges and process of gentle, subtle recovery as well as in my research. Expressing these concepts – and making them visible – has been much more challenging than I had anticipated. There is so much blame, judgment and shame around having a chronic illness and talking about the role of trauma can so quickly and easily add to that burden. My hope is to describe these connections in ways that instead invite compassion and encouragement; that give you fresh new ahas, insights and context. I want these perspectives to offer you expansive, empowering and supportive new options for living with and treating your chronic illness. I will keep honing these ideas through your feedback, suggestions, experiences and our ongoing conversations.
May today’s reads touch your heart and remind you that you are courageous. Strong. Perseverent in the face of what often feels impossible. And that you walk this path in the company of inquisitive, motivated, dedicated fellow journeyers.