I have not shared parts of our story yet. Partly because we didn’t want to scare friends & family- partly because they are still tough for us to wrap our heads around them. But part of why we evacuated so late was because we weren’t so sure our car would make it to our destination. We had gotten a flat tire the week before and were driving on a spare, a second tire going flat. We really should not have been able to arrive unscathed at the home of our Friend with 3 scared, drenched dogs- yet we did.
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As a survivor of multiple traumas I have been told by "professionals" that statistically I would complete suicide by my 20's. I literally score out of the Adverse Childhood Experiences tests and that just describes my childhood. By the time I had reached midlife, my brother was in jail, my biological mother had completed suicide, and a natural disaster stole every single thing I had worked two and three jobs for, skipped meals for, left friends and family for....once again I found myself starting over. But this time I was 43, no family, and three daughters depending on me. People kept asking me "how" I did it- over and over- trauma after trauma, loss after loss. It was not until I had lost it all to the Bayou Goddess that has become my pet name for the Devastation that is Hurricane Harvey, that I even realized that I think fundamentally different than other humans. Survival is not an option- it is an obligation. My calling is not to teach people how to survive a trauma- it is to model for them how to THRIVE through adversity. View all posts by EmSpiration