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Thursday, November 18, 2010

2010 Top PTSD Blog Winner

Peace Lily
10 x 14 pen and Prisma Ink

Many of you know I started my blog in April 2009 to help me deal with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, I developed after a bad auto accident. My blog recently won the 2010 Top PTSD Blog award presented by Medical Assistant Schools. I had no idea I'd even been nominated. It's an honor to be listed in a group of other blogs that ranked in the top 25 worldwide. Isn't life funny? I never expected my blog to be read anyone but myself and a handful of family & friends. Many people have written me since I started blogging to tell me about their experiences with PTSD and how my blog inspires them. I am always humbled to know people have been helped by reading about my journey.

There have been many changes these past 2.5 years in my life, some exhilarating and amazing beyond what I expected life to give me. Others have been harder to deal with: stress of being in a car, fear, anxiety, medications, ongoing aches and pains healing brings.... and all the times I've wondered if I will ever be "normal" again. I'm beginning to realize "Normal is just a setting on your dryer." just as my old friend Patsy Clairmont said it is.

Along with counseling (thank you Dr. Ed), and body work by my Reiki angel, Lauren, and Sonya, my massage therapist, my main medications have been art, writing and music. As a lifetime artist/musician I never realized how important art can be for healing until this journey with PTSD began nearly 3 years ago. Whenever I'm painting, writing or singing I can forget for a moment that anything less than perfect has happened to me in my life.

Thank you Medical Assistant Schools, and Anne Holt, for supporting PTSD and those of us who are working through it. Thank you, readers for always showing me love and support. Thank you, Superman, for flying beside me no matter what. And my biggest thank you to Dylan, my BFF, and pilot of our airborne van, and "flying mates", Stacey and Colleen. Life goes on in miraculous ways...doesn't it?

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8 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I always knew your blog was special... just like you. You are always looking at life in a positive way, ready to fly in the breeze. You are an inspiration, not just to PTSD sufferers, but to the world! I love you, Sis!

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  2. Congratulations! You deserve it. I always enjoy your posts.

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  3. Congrats on the wonderful award!

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  4. Hi Lille Diane,
    Excellent post and congratulations.
    Love,
    Herrad

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  5. Awww....yea! I'm so glad that blogging gives people an outlet, especially when maybe other outlets are so hard to come by. I love your blog. You are fab. Opie told me so! ;)

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  6. Congratulations!! Isn't it wonderful to know that your efforts are appreciated!?

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  7. nice artverk Lil.......come paint our 4runner with big flowers and Peter max kinda stuff....and for silly names like daisy Boo....I gotta old friend who's redneck logger daddy named her after a horse. Coupled to her middle and last names...well...here tis'...Raunchy Mae Tosoff. Yeh...just like it sounds.

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