Getting It Off My Chest
“Our cells know the truth,” according to Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., “our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.”
Untold traumas can cause cells to broadcast danger signals that trigger adrenaline and stress hormones. When that stress is sustained, the immune system starts to malfunction.
“When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety,” Dr. Barrett wrote.
“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth” says Dr. Lissa Rankin in Mind Over Medicine.
“We all have stories–ongoing and ever-changing–that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back,” Judith Fertig advised in an article I tore out and put in my ‘to do’ folder back in 2014.
I wrote about the need to release stuffed trauma in a blog post a few years ago but four books finally flew out of me from the deep trenches of my heart.
My memoirs are based on actual events before, during, and after Sept. 11.
My personal thoughts and experiences include life as a law enforcement spouse, as well as Army wife-life at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and the Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach, New York.
My post-divorce adventures and self-discovery includes dating experiences as well as my career as a journalist on Shelter Island, Sag Harbor and the Hamptons.
Stay tuned as I revise for more truth-telling.