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Once you begin to use your humanity and empathy to look around you, you discover that those whom you love – as a friend, sister, neighbor, coworker, or other souls that you connect with – you recognize that you are both survivors and that is a connection of strength and acknowledgement.

Trauma comes in many different forms and scars form around our hearts.  No matter how positive we are or how “perfect” we try to be, there is no such thing.  Life brings us highs and lows; we experience feelings and scenarios that we never expected.  There is no vindication or justice.  Whether it is addressed in the world to come, or through Karma, or the passage of time…… our pain is real and the feelings that we have attached to our particular situation.

To anyone who is trying to continue to be strong, we feel our pain deeply at times when we face it head on.  Many may avoid it through different means and masks to stop feeling.  Others, need support for those times that they are dragged under in deep emotion, longing, despair, or perceived weakness.

True survivors, and those who continue to learn from their struggles and challenges, have learned that a trial by fire can enlighten.  We can lessen pain for someone else by sharing ours, or empathizing as no other can, by our shared humanity.

We know what it feels like to be estranged, traumatized, abused, mistreated, suffer, grieve, mourn, and experience loss in a myriad of ways.  Each time, it feels as if someone has asked us to remove a limb, a solid piece of our beating heart that feels as if it will never return or regenerate to make us whole again.

But, we can fill the spaces, however temporarily, by reaching out to another and acknowledging their fight and survival without diminishing it or labeling it.  We can merely hold their heart in our hands for a few moments and help to carry the too-heavy load for just awhile so that they do not have to walk alone.

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I don’t like to get political with my posts.  It is more important for me to represent a more empathetic and supportive viewpoint.

However, in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, and yet more political posturing about gun control and constitutional rights to bear arms, I have yet to hear about improved mental healthcare access.   Please add this topic to the crisis responses and discussions.

Millions of people have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Terror attacks have taken place (and continue to do so) around the world using guns, cars, trucks, knives, and other implements…at concerts, on streets, at schools.  Men, women, and children of all ages are impacted.

The aftermath of such violent, horrific, and unstable events, leaves a trail of wounds and scars.  In the US, insurance coverage parity is lacking between mental and physical health care. To the millions struck with Trauma, Panic Attacks and Anxiety, Grief, Depression, and PTSD in light of recent disasters, they are one and the same.

Many people that I have met do not seek mental health therapies because they cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses.  Provide reduced rates for subsidized or free therapy; add affordable and easily accessible mental health care providers to urgent care centers.  Lobby insurance providers and our politicians.  Resources and coping skills are critically stretched to the breaking point.

The ramifications of these traumatic past few weeks have yet to be fully felt, but “echoes” will continue for a long time.   Let’s stop making it an issue that is “someone else’s problem.”  What proactive steps can be taken to lay the groundwork?  Can we create healthy environments that care for all  of peoples’ needs before it’s too late?

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