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text 2018-02-02 21:19
PART I: Telltale Signs of Untreated Childhood Trauma

 Adapted from the new inspirational self-help book entitled, ‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You’ by Adele M. Gill and Dr. Verna Benner Carson.

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Clinical depression is on the rise in the US, with over 21 million Americans diagnosed with depression each year. Most people are able to get treatment that is readily available, including medication and/or psychotherapy. Many come to understand the origin of their depression over time, however, sometimes they only have a vague idea as to why they are experiencing persistent clinical depression, sometimes combined with what I call ‘the trifecta: ’Depression, PTSD, and a neuro-autoimmune condition, such as MS or MG or fibromyalgia, which often go hand-in-hand.

 

 

For those individuals who don’t know the origin of their depression, looking back on their childhood may be extremely helpful, even life-giving. Understanding the negative effects of untreated childhood trauma can be life-giving, even life-saving, especially when depression affects ones physical health. Here is my story involving the telltale signs of childhood trauma in my own life:

 

 

Having endured physical, sexual, and mental abuse in my youth, I came to doubt my own existence, and self-worth. Though resolved, the truth is that my self-esteem was always an issue as I grew up in poverty with my abusive schizophrenic mother, and my father who was involved in the Mafia, who took me with him while doing ‘business.’

 

 

In my youth, and later into adulthood, I felt depressed, anxious, and ‘less than’ more often than I care to admit, which colored the way I looked at myself, others, and the world at-large—but I did not understand why I felt that way. I was diagnosed with depression in early adulthood, but chose not to treat it, in part, due to the stigma associated with psychiatric illness and care, and I did not want to take depression meds. At that time, I was unsure as to why I had depression in the first place, as my life was going well and I was living my dream of becoming a wife, mother and registered nurse. But eventually I learned that it was repressed and suppressed memories related to my childhood that were making me sick.

 

 

Looking back, the mind-body illnesses I experienced could have been anticipated given my unusual, traumatic upbringing, but I was initially not yet in touch with the untreated childhood trauma I had endured. My memories were blocked until I started having flashbacks and nightmares about 10 years ago, and the root of the problem became crystal clear. It was not one event that caused the trauma and stress. It was my early family life itself, and a series of traumatic life events that made me sick physically and emotionally later in adulthood.

 

 

The enduring effects of untreated childhood trauma became so intense that I frequently felt overwhelmed, lost, and alone much of the time, having lived in daily turmoil and poverty through my youth, with little encouragement or emotional support. And that carried over into my adulthood years, as my own ‘trifecta,’ the tell-tale signs of untreated childhood trauma, rolled in over time: Unrelenting depression, childhood associated PTSD, and a serious neuro-autoimmune disorder, which often go hand in hand.

 

 

The latter is what forced me to look closely at my traumatic childhood for what it was—something I had avoided at all costs. In truth, I had little choice but to seek the truth, as my physical and emotional health depended on it. Eventually, I learned from my medical team that my autoimmune system had been damaged by the early childhood trauma, and that, in turn, was damaging my central nervous system.  I finally got to the point where I could no longer deny things that had happened to me. What had transpired in my youth was making me chronically and acutely ill, both physically and emotionally, and I could no longer function in my daily life. I had met the proverbial wall, so to speak. I could not work, could not walk even short distances without long arm crutches, then a walker, then it progressed, and I was bedridden and in a wheelchair for twelve years, had blurred vision, and garbled speech much of the time. Mind-body illnesses had taken over my life and I no longer had the privilege of pushing aside the memories of the trauma that had occurred. I found myself very sick with depression, PTSD, mobility impairment, and exacerbations of respiratory muscle weakness and generalized weakness requiring a home bipap ventilator 14-16 hours per twenty four hour day.

 

 

Once my medical team and I made the connection between untreated childhood trauma and the mind-body illnesses, there was no turning back. I had to heal, and to do so, I had to face where I had been and what I had experienced in my youth, painful as it was. Though I still have neuro-autoimmune exacerbations and remissions, and frequently receive IV steroids and IVIG treatments to quell symptoms when in acute need of medical care, I now have a new life since dealing with the untreated childhood trauma.

 

 

Most of all, I have hope now. For it is only with Jesus’ help that I was able to heal from the depression and PTSD, begin to flourish, and get on with my life. I believe it was faith that healed me through the prayers of many people who prayed fervently for me and continue to this day. What a tremendous blessing…the gift of faith!

 

© Copyright 2018   |   Adele M. Gill   |   Distributed by News Consortium

To be continued… See PART II:

'Telltale Signs of Untreated Childhood Trauma: Secret Weapons for Healing’

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Adele M. Gill resides in Maryland, is a retired RN/BSN, a board certified Disability Analyst (ABDA), a Chaplain, and co-author of the new inspirational self-help book entitled, ‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You.' She is a tireless mental health advocate living in Maryland.

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review 2018-01-12 00:00
Pure Healing (A Novel of The Pure Ones Book 1)
Pure Healing (A Novel of The Pure Ones Book 1) - Aja James *I received a copy from RABT Book Tours for review on a blog tour. This does not affect my review.*

I enjoyed this story immensely! I wasn't sure, since I'm not a big romance/erotica fan, but I loved the writing style and characters in this story. The plot was well written, and kept me wanting to know what happened!


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text 2017-12-26 21:32
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 176 pages.
Finding Shelter: Portraits of Love, Healing, and Survival - Jesse Freidin

Such beautiful one page stories My heart is breaking or bursting with joy for these giving people and their pets

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review 2017-12-14 14:48
The Inspiration Cafe Blog: God's Remedy
From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing That Awaits You - Adele M Gill

Have you ever wondered how God judges us in the end of our lives? Could it be that rather than looking at all of our brokenness, mistakes and sins, perhaps, instead he looks at our spiritual ‘bank account,’ as He reviews our ‘love account’ to see how many caring deposits we have made out over our lifespan in His Holy Name? One has to wonder. For He is a God of surprises, a patient God, one who accepts his prodigal sons and daughters back, time and again. What love!

 

People often ask me why I write this devotional blog, and in a word, I can say I write it to share with others about God’s enduring Love for each and every one of us. God’s Love is everlasting and unconditional, and there for all of humanity. I believe that when we embrace His Love, we are far more able to live peace-filled, loving, joy-filled lives and maximize our wellness in body, mind, and spirit. The benefits are endless!

 

Through prayer, with God’s help, we are better able to face insurmountable odds, and difficult situations, with far more confidence, patience, persistence, courage, and holy boldness than we could possibly muster on our own, left to our own devices. Then it is vitally important to be still, waiting for God’s loving answers to our prayers, as we wait for Him to move in our lives, while recognizing He is in control. For in solitude, with technology turned off, is where and when we can hear God’s answers to our prayers in a way we can understand. Actually, sometimes when we do too much to try to remedy situations on our own, we can get in the way of God’s working things out for the good for us, hence negatively affecting the outcome. We need to remember that regardless of what we do, we can never be separated from God as His love is enduring. I think this Bible verse really says it all about the Love of God for you and for me:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version -NIV)

 

In essence, God’s Love for us is far greater than we can comprehend! It is interesting to note that God has given us all free will, but we must be good stewards of that divine privilege. When we seek Jesus with all our hearts, and ask Him to be in charge of our daily lives, we are agreeing to serve Him with all we have. But it is a choice each of us must make on our own. No one can ever be forced to turn to God. Yet, He stands in wait for our trusting Him, our pleading on behalf of ourselves and others, and for our gratitude for the abundant blessings that He so generously bestows on all who seek Him in earnest.

 

When we are willing to turn our free will over to God, everything we do, everything we are, every plan we have, every relationship, every situation; when we can hand over our concerns and weaknesses, and even our failures, to Jesus in every situation and relationship, only then can He remedy our lives, working in and through us, to effect the best outcomes and help us grow in the gift of faith.

 

© Copyright 2017   |   Adele M. Gill

Distributed by News Consortium

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review 2017-12-09 02:39
Sometimes a visit to the doctor can fix a broken heart....
Healing - Stevie Woods

Audin and Tener haven't seen each other since college and their last encounter really didn't end well...they parted ways less than amicably. Neither man thought they would ever see each other again. 

 

So needless to say when Audin walks into Tener's office looking for a healer both men are more than a little surprised. Audin quickly realizes that this is an opportunity that he never thought he'd have...a chance to make things right and maybe even have Tener back in his life again. Audin's not alone in how he feels and both men soon agree that they want to fix things, they care about each other and neither is willing to pass up a chance to be back in the other's life.

 

While their reunion was purely happenstance it's also very fortuitous for a government resistance group that Tener belongs too and that Audin sympathizes with. 

 

While I enjoyed the reunion between Audin and Tener for me it was the part of the story that unfolded alongside of this that really fascinated me and how the part that Audin and Tener held in events that unfolded was definitely what held my interest. 

 

I have to admit I was honestly disappointed that this story wasn't longer I seriously wanted so much more story than what I was given. Admittedly, the story essentially felt complete and I didn't feel like there was anything missing but I also still felt like I wanted more...more background, more world building, more personal time between the MCs, more background on some of the secondary characters. 

 

I've often found myself saying that 'Less is more...well, in the case of this story I'm going to have to say that 'more would have been better'. 

 

This is a re-release of a previously published story.

 

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A copy of 'Healing' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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