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It began right before Christmas, when we found out the exact date of our move. That’s when the dark cloud showed up in my peripheral and it has been there ever since.
Months later and I still feel compelled to mention how deeply my recent move has affected me and how much shit from my childhood seems to be floating to the surface as a result.
I also feel like I should be over it already, it’s been months – time to get on with it, right?
It’s All Spilling Over
My struggle is evident in many aspects of my life right now: my near non-existence online, my mood swings, my interrupted sleep, my struggle to eat properly, even showering has required reminders.
I feel like I am doing all the things I should be, but I realized recently when one of the people I am working 1:1 with said to me “I think you are struggling more than you are letting on” that there is one aspect of coping that I am not doing so well; I am not asking for help and this realization and all the reasons why brought with it deep grief.
I have withdrawn through this process.
Other than my therapist and the occasional convo with my hubby – I have been in my own head working everything out … alone.
It’s what I have always done. It is how I learned to deal with big emotions and stress as a child: by myself and in my own head. My emotional needs as a child were continuously disregarded and so, I learned that I couldn’t count on anyone but myself. I grew up feeling unimportant and burdensome.
That deep belief of not being good enough for support and love is still with me.
So here I am months after a move that unearthed so many childhood insecurities and fears, struggling to validate my emotions or reach out for support because I am afraid; not just afraid of what people will think of me – but I am afraid that no one will be there.
And that is one of the biggest lies that my trauma tells me these days.
I don’t have to do this alone anymore. There are people in my life who love and support me and they are there for me, I just need to reach out. It is safe to ask for support.
On goes the journey 💪🏻❤️🩹🔥
Looking for Ways to Connect With Other Survivors and/or Receive Support as You Heal?
Survivor’s Circle Peer Support Groups might be just what you need.
These small groups meet on alternating days of the week via Zoom. In these groups, survivors connect, share, and support each other through the ebbs and flows of healing. Attend a session and experience the magical healing that happens when survivors connect and support each other through shit only we can understand.
You can also book individual 1:1 peer support sessions with Shanon for private support in a closed space. You deserve support as you heal, and I am here to help. You don’t have to heal alone.
On the Journey Peer Support Monthly Package
As a part of this monthly support program you will gain access to all Survivor’s Circle Peer Support group support sessions every month as well as individual 1:1 peer support sessions with Shanon each month.
Hi, I am Shanon
I am a trauma informed, trained, and Certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Wisconsin. I am also a survivor with years committed to my own trauma healing after being diagnosed with (C) PTSD due to childhood abuse. Additionally, I have a professional and personal history of community facilitation and peer work.
I specialize in helping survivors like you make connections between real time experiences and past trauma wounds, identify and communicate boundaries, create self-care plans that work, navigate big emotions and trauma responses, reparent your inner child, and embody your own self-worth through the healing process with confidence and personal empowerment.
These support groups and 1:1 peer support sessions should not replace professional therapy; they will however provide additional support and information.