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  1. This literally had me crying and cheering! Everything you said was 100% truth! To be “woke” to DV gives a whole new insight

  2. Those captions are horrible! Wow.

    Great plan for the next six months. Good luck with the mud run! You are very brave but understand wanting to do it just once! You might love it and want to do another. 😂

  3. Ugh. That’s really just a horrible situation to have gone through. Math was something that I was either sailing through, or totally running aground — no middle ground. What I’ve found (now that I’m older and occasionally trying to assist Secondborn) is that I was almost certainly just expecting it to make intuitive sense instead of following the formulas, and overthinking it into the bargain.

    1. I’m SO there! I am now in the position that my Dad was in, years ago. I struggled with the “new math,” to the point of showing them how to do it the “old way,” only to be told by my kids’ teachers that “I’m doing it wrong”…that it doesn’t matter that I get the right answer or show them how to check their work…what kind of sorcery will they be teaching when my grandson is in school???

  4. My daughter, who is actually quite good at math as well, tended to work backwards so she’d get good grades. She’d find the answer and then go back and “show her work” to the standards of the curriculum. It’s ridiculous that we require kids to do this type of thing. If you got the answer right, how does it matter how you got there? Anyway, sometimes trials like yours is how you get stronger and more confident.

    1. So true! That which does not kill ya makes us stronger! I work as a customer service person for the government and I’ll do the calculations in my head and the customers look at me like I’m a sorceress…my favorite is when people want to check my calculations…it delights me when I get that look of disbelief after they see I’m right, LOL. At least my TBI didn’t take that away…

  5. I’m so sorry that happened to you. How awful.

    Math made me anxious. I could do it okay most of the time, but i never enjoyed it. Sometimes I wonder if I would have liked it more if I’d had different teachers!

  6. I’m terrible with maths, but, I’m sure I remeber learning that there’s more than one way to solve some problems, so I wonder why the teacher couldn’t have just appreciated that you got it, even if you arrived at the answer in a different way than she did.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss! I am in tears. To lose someone is definetely the hardest thing in life, especially when it’s a parent or a sibling. I know that no words can light the mood or situation, however I wish you so much love and comfort in these times.

  8. When in Amsterdam I went to space where the family lived in hiding. It was tiny! It alarmed me thinking about the conditions where they lived together. Such a sad story but hopeful, too.

  9. I will put this on my to read list, I only learned about Anne in school but never got to read the book itself. Thanks for the recommendation!

  10. I’ll add this to my reading list. I only learned about her in school and never got to read the book. Thanks for the recommendation! Keep it up!

  11. I feel you. An ill-chosen prank often reveals pain in others. It’s made worse when the pranker says ‘Awe come on, it’s a joke!’ as if the other person shouldn’t feel the way they do. Awkward and unsettling between friends and family.

  12. Hello! I am glad that your blogging and podcast opportunities have helped you both heal and help others. It is great to have a purpose for your blog and to see it come to fruition. I look forward to interacting with you in the future!

  13. Keep writing! Blogs are so therapeutic. I started ‘Embracing Change’ to work through things and so that others riding life’s rollercoaster wouldn’t feel alone.

  14. I’m going to share this story with a relative who has a child with sensory processing disorder, and can’t get overstimulated either. I appreciate your transparency and advocation for the autism spectrum. I agree and love the term differently abled.

    1. Thank you! I am in the mode to start a parenting group soon for those who parent children on the spectrum. I think it takes a village to raise a child and I know others could use the support!

  15. This certainly sounds like a painful book to read for many, but also it could help with healing too. I am glad to hear that it ends in incredible triumph!!

  16. I particularly appreciate your discussion of the book’s themes of trauma and resilience. I think you captured the book’s message very well, and I found your own experiences to be very relatable.

    1. I’m glad you found my review helpful! I think this is a great book, even if you’ve never experienced abuse…this book definitely makes you feel what she was going through. I recommend this book to all!

  17. Hello Laura,

    My 13 year-old is also on the spectrum. He is also considered high-functioning. My heart goes out to you. It is difficult when you don’t have the necessary support to get what your child needs. I posted about my son’s story as well. Much love from one autism mom to another.

  18. Laura, you’ve touched on an important aspect of living. Everyone wishes that some part of their body was different. That’s enough to keep us quiet about what we perceive as different from us about someone else.

  19. I appreciate you sharing your son’s story and I am so sorry you dealt with abuse. My son has learning problems and I remind everyone that all kids learn differently and are there own people and need to be loved no, matter what some just in different ways. God gives Autism to special people like you because you love and will fight for them.

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