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The Complexity of Trauma and Disability

December 23, 2016

My goal was to not treat trauma or disability as something that could just be waved away with a wand – Leigh Bardugo

As someone who has had both, I remember countless times I wish I could just wave it away.

But it doesn’t just go away.
It doesn’t just disappear.

Disability and trauma have one main symptom in common, it’s a struggle with the mind and that’s the hardest pain.

With PTSD, it’s wondering whether what you are seeing is real or whether you are simply hallucinating or having flashbacks. With disability, it’s wondering whether the pain in just in your head, or whether you are exaggerating it.

I was fortunate enough to pull through the worst of both, but it wasn’t simple. Just because it’s complete and I can discuss it in the past tense, doesn’t mean it wasn’t the hardest thing I had to go through.

That’s why it’s important to represent the truth in media, whether it comes to disability or PTSD.

This incredible writer is doing it right by representing the struggle by showing how real it is. Thanks for the quote and thanks for all that you do to help both communities.

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