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Friday, July 20, 2012

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Flashbacks in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Now Published

Leslie's book "Flashbacks in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving the Flood." has been published and is for sale!

Let me refresh your minds.  Remember back a few months to February 20.  I began posting a series on Leslie Raddatz, a survivor of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Leslie is the author of her own story, Flashbacks in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving the Flood.


Childhood for Leslie Raddatz is one continuing nightmare. To survive, she represses her memories until one day, when she is a 34-year-old woman, a wife and mother, her past erupts into the present with a full blown flashback. It is the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it threatens to destroy what mental and physical endurance she has salvaged through the years. But, her child within cries out for recognition and mercy. More psychological disorders emerge -- somatization and conversion. Is she to lose everything and everyone she loves to the madness of her past?

She agrees to relive her childhood under the protection of a professional counselor and comes to understand how her parents’ neglect made her an easy target for predators who sexually, physically and emotionally abuse her over and over again. She graduates from victim to survivor while detailing today’s sophisticated techniques that help her heal: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), attachment and ego state therapy, Brainspotting, positive imagery, resource building, coping skills, art therapy, task therapy, and counseling. 

Once you read Leslie’s story, you can take comfort in the hope she offers and follow her example on your own healing journey.  This website is designed for victims, survivors, veterans and loved ones to come find answers and to find resources for help!

"My book will help victims and loved ones understand what is happening to their self, mother, dad, brother, sisters, friend etc. 

For the survivors, my book will reinforce the fact that they are not alone. It will give them a resource to reach out to other survivors when they need support. Even through we have survived the healing process there are still times we need support when something else surfaces or resurfaces.

Our disorders never go away. We just learn coping skills on how we can lessen our reaction to the triggers, memories, body memories as they occur, etc. There are times that we don't have any triggers, memories, etc for a long time which is a good sign that our PTSD is in control. Each day we have to make a choice not to repeat our destructive pattern and if we slip one day we try again the next day not to repeat them."

Please see Leslie's book trailer below.

You will be able to buy at:

Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, createspace/3855678

on her website www.silencednolonger.com

Barnes and Noble online for $10.75

Easiest way to find my book on amazon is to go under books and put Leslie Raddatz in search.


Please spread the word!

Leslie is an inspiration to me and I know to many others.  I hope you will want to get her book for yourself to read and talk about to others.  Leslie's purpose for her revealing her story and having a website devoted to PTSD is to help others who have been afflicted with this horrible disease.

This article on my blogsite is published in memory of Leslie's father, a sufferer of PTSD since serving with the US Army in Vietnam.  Her father passed away recently.  Please join me offering prayers of consolation for Leslie and her family at this sad time.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Something to Complain About"

"Something to Complain About" 
— Daily Heartlight for 07/17/2012
Written by Max Lucado

If you look hard enough and long enough, you’ll find something to complain about!
Adam and Eve did. Surrounded by all they needed, they set their eyes on the one thing they couldn’t have.

The followers of Moses did. They could’ve focused on the miracles, but instead they focused on their problems.What are you looking at? The one fruit you can’t eat? Or the million you can? The manna or the misery

The apostle Paul reminds us:
Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NIV).

Even the garden of Eden looks gray to some. But it needn'’t to you. Jesus who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6)! Give every day a chance!

From Max's book, "Great Everyday" — order book here: http://hlt.me/M88fGy
Used by permission: MaxLucado.com.

Hello Friends,  It's been some time since I last posted, and I've been complaining about where my time has gone.  Many well laid plans...but to no avail because of the many unexpected interruptions.  They have all been for good reasons and I realized that God is putting a lot of emphasis on working in the lives of my family, my church family and our lives as of late.  I won't complain any longer.  I've been so blessed in spite of the pitfalls.

Today I have an appointment with an eye surgeon to decide whether I can have cataract surgery on my left eye.  My right eye has been partially blind since birth.  There is a risk of having surgery in my left eye...that it could blind that eye.  So, this is an important appointment for me today and I'd appreciate any prayers lifted for me.

There is much news I have to share with you, but I'll save it for a few days before I let out my good news.  The Lord just keeps blessings us even during the hard and difficult times.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!