Michele is a trauma survivor who struggled with PTSD for over twenty-five years. She is now 100% PTSD free. She is the author of Before the World Intruded and the recently published Your Life After Trauma (W.W. Norton).
Since I’m a creative artist, a little bit I was able to rationalize my craziness by saying, “The most genius artists are insane. This insanity, this could really work for me.” But there was always that little voice saying, “I don’t like living like this.”
I think what happens is so often, we get stuck in a mind-set. Then when you get your diagnosis you say, “Ok, how do I get this done?” nobody knows. Nobody knows. Nobody can predict what’s going to be the outcome for you because there’s so many factors involved not the least of which is your own internal resources, your dedication, your persistence, your resilience, and your willingness to walk through the fire of recovery.