Hello. I am the creator of Thematic Living and an ACEs Survivor.
I remember vividly the adverse experiences that took place in my childhood that would change my life forever. I never tried telling an adult, because I didn't know what was happening was wrong, plus it was "our secret". There was that one time my grandma found my journal, but I denied it and that was that. It seemed like the abuse happened right under the noses of the adults, yet no one said a word. Something about suffering in silence, slowly eats away at your soul and sense of self. But then again, how can you save me, if you cannot first save yourself?
As an ACEs Survivor that faced a road of chronic illness, I know how important it is to have validation that you are not crazy and what happened to you was indeed not normal so that you can begin your journey towards healing, gain your health back, and fulfill your greatest potential.
The first step to healing, is to identify what happened. Sharing your story and working through the details can help lift some weight from your shoulders. Allowing you to breathe without angst.
If my story only helps one other person, that is one less person that has to suffer.
I am a first generation college graduate of both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology. So proud of me. I have given trainings to organizations of 500+ employees on topics of health, behavior modification, and compliance.
During COVID-19 (Coronavirus), individuals with underlying health conditions were falling ill quickly. Turns out, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6 in every 10 adults have a chronic disease and 4 in 10 have two or more chronic diseases. So I looked into the research behind this information and became reacquainted with the ACEs study. It is then that I made the connection that our childhood developmental trauma has caused our chronic stress and early death in adulthood.
Using trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable individuals, we can began to heal the child within us and approach healing holistically by addressing the body, mind, and spirit.
One day, as a new adult, I declared to myself that I did not want to be apart of the negative statistics and vowed to break the generational chain of adversity. I tried therapy one time, but she fell asleep during my session, one more person that does not care about what I have to say. My personal treatment plan includes, clean eating (keto), staying hydrated, listening to my body, setting boundaries, and really loving myself. I pray for guidance through this storm we call life and let go, so that I can now live.