Childhood Trauma Affects Your Entire Life

Childhood Trauma Affects Your Entire Life

This. This is the piece of the puzzle from my childhood that I've been missing. This. This is the secret I've been hiding behind my smile. This. This is what countless children and adults in every zip code, every corner of your life face while navigating learning, relationships, careers, and even their long-term health.  Exposure to adversity in childhood by trauma or chronic stress actually changes our physiology, affects our brain development, and even alters our body's transcription of DNA. Childhood trauma does NOT just go away as we grow up. As an elementary teacher for fifteen years, yes, I have lived, experienced the hardships trauma and chronic stress cause for a child. I have seen children struggle to learn, battle for impulse-control, toil to maintain friendships, all while suffering tummy aches, headaches, lack of sleep. But that's not the end of their struggle. These children left my classroom, having learned to read and add and subtract.  But what about their tummy aches, headaches, and chronic deprivation of sleep?  What happened to those beautiful...
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Pain and Strength

Pain and Strength

Are You in Chronic Pain?I am, or used to be, but it's getting better every day.  Let me open up and invite you behind the scenes to share my story of hope. I have experienced strange, chronic inflammation for several years. I actually gained twenty pounds over the years that I felt "ill".  Doctors listened to my aches, pains, and concern about my sudden weight gain, and they recommended that I lose the weight.  I kept telling my husband, "I don't feel fat, I feel poofy."  The joint pain and muscle aches sometimes overwhelmed me when I tried to exercise regularly, and the scale never budged.  I’ve spent days alarmed, scared, annoyed, and in different levels of pain with these erratic symptoms that appear out of nowhere and come and go as they please. Though I’m in a situation I’d rather not be, I’m blessed.I recognize this blessing every time I look at my symptoms from this perspective: My immune system is...
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