I’m very real and upfront about my journey. The good, the bad and the ugly. Today, has not been a good day. But, I’ve done what is needed, to manage the emotions, the triggers. I do know these flashbacks, will keep occurring, but I manage them better.
I know when they are happening now. Overall, I can manage them better and reduce the length of time they occur. That’s healing. That’s progress. I’ve also learned in the process, it takes far more strength – to feel the emotions, manage them well, without supressing, or avoiding them.
Survivors of complex trauma, often have big issues with trust. I do. I need people to be genuine. I will figure it out, if someone is fake, or pretending to be what they are not.
Being genuine and authentic, with sensitivity, is important to me. So, I know it’s important to others too.
So, I keep writing about my journey, is a very real and honest way. And I give hope about learning to manage symptoms, rather than focussing on a ‘cure’ or full ‘recovery’. I don’t give false hope. I try to give genuine hope, from a place of reality and empathy. Where there is no pressure, no shaming, no judgment.
~ Lilly Hope Lucario
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