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A Story of Grief and Abuse

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I have had many ups and downs in my life bringing me right here; to this point in time; right this very moment… I have come to the point in my life where self reflection is my way of life. This right now is who I am; I experienced a troubled childhood with physical and mental abuse from my mentally ill mother. I was molested at age 9 and then experienced the nightmares from it years later. I was challenged with making hard decisions about religion in a very religious family. I was a teenage pregnancy statistic at 17 years old, but with a twist because I also became grieving mother. I had father who was a good man I just did not know him during my childhood. I have a younger brother that I am close to that breaks my heart every day due to his mental demons. I had the talk about homosexuality with my parents at age 20, after the long journey of trying to understand myself. I have lifelong issues with digestive & neurological problems that caused me to visit the emergency room often as a child and still I work on finding answers. I have dyslexia that was not caught right away and caused problems as a child and adult. I had further health issues causing me to have a hysterectomy at a fairly early age, rendering me unable to have a child. I have experienced great loss when my whole world passed away, my whole world was my Nana. My Nana is actually who I give full credit to keeping me on track with being a great person as appose to allowing it all take me down. Although she passed many years ago she shapes my views and values every day. I feel these values again; have led me back to right here and right now, making a reflection paper about myself and my wellness. I have gone down a few unfit paths and had some awful jobs but the experi... ... middle of paper ... ...tive practices: definitions and paradigms. Front. Hum. Neurosci, 8(205). doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00205 Shevlin, M., Houston, J. E., Dorahy, M. J., & Adamson, G. (2007). Cumulative Traumas and Psychosis: an Analysis of the National Comorbidity Survey and the British Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34(1), 193-199. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbm069 Wetherell Ph.D, J. L. (2012). Complicated grief therapy as a new treatment approach. Dialogues Clin Neuroscience, 14(2), 159-166. Retrieved from http://0-www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.skyline.ucdenver.edu/pmc/articles/PMC3384444/pdf/DialoguesClinNeurosci-14-159.pdf Zacharia, S., Taylor, E. L., Hofford, C. W., Brittain, D. R., & Branscum, P. W. (2013). The Effect of an 8-Week Tai Chi Exercise Program on Physical Functional Performance in Middle-Aged Women. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 1-17. doi:10.1177/0733464813504491
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