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It is possible to survive PTSD and find meaning, joy and purpose..

28 Jun
A survivor of sadistic abuse and (apparently) severe mental illness wants other survivors to know that they can not only survive posttraumatic stress, but find meaning, joy and purpose..
Dear BR,
I’m one of those trauma survivors you write about, who went from being a basket case - even hospitalized for severe mental illness (a "normal" response to the sadistic abuse I experienced in my family of origin) - to a triumphant and highly functional incest and domestic violence counselor. I love my work and I help a lot of people. This is very meaningful and gratifying to me. Every day of my life is pretty much a joy these days. I have a profound relationship with my spirituality as well. I wanted others to know that we don’t have to just learn how to cope with PTSS. We can thrive and find true joy. Many of us have. Thanks for posting this.

Jodine P.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award