Behind the Mask: Understanding PTSD

When jumbled thoughts have festered for months in our minds, causing our bodies to react frantically, it's time to seek professional help.

Behind the Mask: Veterans Face PTSD

"If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining."  -Guy Finley

 

They tell compelling testimonies on  how PTSD affected them, their loved ones, and how they got their lives back.  

Behind the Mask: PTSD 101

"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." Maya Angelou

 

Image reliving a painful moment in your life over and over again. 

 

 

 

My Journey Through Cancer - Behind the Mask 6 (final weekly update)

I could feel hatred swell in my core rapidly seep into every crevice of my being.

My Journey Through Cancer - Behind the Mask 5

As I flick on the bathroom light, the mirror reveals the burns and peeling of the skin on my neck.

The Battle Within: Get Your Power Back

You are not your abuse.

You are not what they did to you

You are not your trauma....

My Journey Through Cancer - Behind the Mask 4

One of my weakest moments occurred last Thursday when my hairstylist said, "Toni, did they say anything about your hair coming out?"

My Journey Through Cancer - Behind the Mask 3

100 different cancers + different stages + different individuals = different experiences. But our fight remains the same.

The Arsenal

If you've been diagnosed or know someone who has, you need to arm yourself heavily to keep your spirits high.

6. Get what I call your fight song! I have a few but the most powerful one for me is "WAR" by Charles Jenkins https://youtu.be/LrIoGg3TL-A. If you don't have one get one.

 

My Journey Through Cancer - Behind the Mask 2

In that darkness and vulnerability we'd been forced to trust and survive or run away and die.

My Journey Through Cancer - Behind the Mask 1

Now the wait began…benign or malignant. May 2016 I received an email alert, I opened that email and signed into FollowMyHealth.com, and a ton of bricks fell upon my chest. The result read "suspicious of malignancy." WT….Why was I reading this information at home instead of the ENT doctor explaining this information to me? I needed confirmation! WT….I called the ENT and guess what, he was on vacation for a week. I was left with my own cognitive abilities and Google. A week later I was referred to an ENT in Dallas at UT Southwestern, where my diagnosis was confirmed, I had CANCER. A non-smoker, non-pork eating, beef once or twice a year eating, and regular exerciser diagnosed with throat CANCER. 

 

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