Day 17 of 30 Days in June for PTSD Awareness,
PTSD Poetry Project, poetry created from personal journals, blog posts both public and private to raise awareness for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury
“Becoming Who You are Meant To Be”
You are the strongest man, woman I know
You can get over this
You are not supposed to ask for help
It is shameful to get help
It means you are weak
All the excuses bubble up
Trapping you in the bog
You cannot leave the house
You hurt everyone around you
You become abusive to others
You are ashamed to ask for help
You break free of the bog holding you down
You become your own hero
The bravery is within you to simply
Time is spent relearning how to fly
But fly you will
You will soar once more
For a few moments you forgot
How to become
The person you were meant to be
“Becoming the Person we are each meant to be”
Posted (USFRA.org) by Bree N. on March 30, 2014
I can’t say it enough, this message I keep being told “THERE IS NO SHAME IN ASKING/GETTING HELP”
It seems shameful to have to ask for help. Even as a woman in men dominated fields where you are told “just man up, grow some balls already!” Or really the worse one “you are the strongest woman I know you can get over this”. Well you know what? No one can. You have to be very brave, become your own hero and ASK for help, DEMAND help if you have to. It takes time to find the right assistance but it does happen.
I’ve heard a lot of excuses from men who I worked with. Everything from “I don’t need help, I’m not seeing some psycho whose not been through what I have” to “I’m fine, you’re the one with the problem”
PTSD sometimes sneaks up on us and bubbles up from under the surface to pull us slowly into the bog trapping us, immobilizing us. Seemingly one day we can’t leave the house, we can’t talk to our loved ones, we yell at our pets, or worse, abuse our loved ones out of nowhere. Don’t wait to get help, don’t wait until you’ve lost all the good things in your life.
Help is waiting for you to just ASK.
I’m glad I did. It was far too long for me. But for someone else reading this? Maybe it won’t be.
You CAN become the person you were meant to be.
You are not broken beyond repair.