Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

When You Do Not Have The ‘Best Case Scenario’ Healing Situation ~ Lilly Hope Lucario


My current situation, is preventing me from healing. I am in a constant daily state of hypervigilance, anxiety, depression. I cannot heal, in the relationship I am in. Yet, alternatives will hurt my children. And my children are my priority.

I do know complex trauma is only healed within healthy, safe relationships. And that I don’t have.

And I realise, this is something many complex trauma survivors are dealing with.

Most people don’t want to talk about how we ‘can’t’ heal. Survivors are expected to heal – no matter what their circumstances are. Which is such BS. And just creates shame, which is not ever okay.

So, I will talk about how our current life circumstances – can absolutely affect our capacity to heal.

I cannot walk away from my children. I would never do that. And leaving with my children, with no job, no-where to live – would be worse for my children, than staying where I am.

I try hard to make the best of each day, for my childrens sake. Even though it affects my healing and my wellbeing. They know the issues going on, because I talk about them and don’t let them think that being selfish, lying, manipulating are okay. I don’t ignore their fathers issues, I deal with them. And my children are thriving. They are happy and they do know they have one parent who loves and cherishes them.

Not everyone can simply walk away from an unhealthy relationship. People say to leave, but what if the circumstances created by leaving, are in fact worse, than if you stay? The choice has to be, to stay.

If you don’t have the ‘best case’ scenario for healing, please don’t feel shame or like you a failure. Often the circumstances we are in, through no fault of our own – prevents healing.

I am only in the situation I am in, because I was lied to and deceived by a highly narcissistic man, who I absolutely cannot trust, do not respect, do not like and is not safe. None of that is my responsibility, because I was deceived and manipulated. And I did not know what I know now……… 16 years ago. If I did, I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole.

I am not going to feel shame about this, because the only person who should feel shame – is my husband. But, he doesn’t feel any shame, remorse, guilt, empathy….. or anything he should feel to change.

I have accepted I will not heal. I don’t have a healthy, safe relationship, in which to heal. The anxiety, hypervigilance and depression affect my healing.

And I know this will be the situation for many others too. If you relate to this, please know I understand.

I ‘am’ willing to write about this, even though it may be deemed by some as ‘wrong’. But, it isn’t wrong to write about situations that many will be enduring.

I don’t only deal with ‘best case scenario’ healing situations. Because that is not what many have. And those people – including me – need understanding and support too.

Many people do not have the best case scenario situations, of supportive, decent partners, or supportive family, or amazing therapists.

And I am not going to ignore this, just to placate people who believe we should ‘only’ talk about best case scenario situations.

~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle. ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

4 thoughts on “When You Do Not Have The ‘Best Case Scenario’ Healing Situation ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

  1. I appreciate this post because it helps me to ignore the people who treat me like a failure because I’m not all healed and over it.

    • I see people being shamed for not healing and recovering in full, frequently. Including mental health professionals pushing this false hope that everyone can heal.
      All that does is create shame – which in turn worsens people’s emotional health.
      So, I am trying to raise empathy and awareness of this.
      Love, Lilly ❤

  2. In my case I was the daughter so how could I have left? I had friends and family shame me for years for being unable to leave my abusive mother. I have long since moved on from her but that’s because my story is different then yours and the circumstances are different. The people who selflessly remain for their children or are having a hard time healing deserve a voice as well. Love this

  3. Thank you so much for writing about this. I am in the same situation. I came online in hopes to find something relating to me and this was the second article that popped up and yours touched home with me. Again, thank you so much!

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