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Will I Ever Forget My Trauma?

My definition of trauma: Any event, history, or series of events that changed the way you think about yourself or the world around you. These can be scary or not scary events.


Life can sometimes throw us into situations that leave deep scars. It's understandable if you feel that you'll never forget what happened. And that's okay. Forgetting isn't always the goal; healing is.


You might not be able to erase your trauma, but with time and the right support, thinking about it can become less painful. Imagine your trauma as a heavy stone you're carrying in your heart. Right now, it might feel overwhelming, but with time, you can shape that stone into something more manageable, even if you can't completely put it down.


Lots of people have found ways to heal through therapy, art, yoga, etc. Your journey is unique to you, but hope for healing is for everyone.


Over time, you might find that the sharp edges of your trauma begin to soften. The memories may still be there, but they won’t hurt as much. Think of it like a physical wound that, with care and time, becomes a scar. The scar is a reminder, but it's not as painful as the initial injury. You may remember the pain, but it is not something you have to relive.


Remember, healing is not linear. There will be good days and bad days. On some days, the memories might feel distant, while on others, they may resurface. Be gentle with yourself on those tougher days. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small it seems.


You are resilient. Each step you take towards healing is a testament to your strength. Even if you never completely forget your trauma, you can reclaim your peace and find joy in your life again. It’s a journey, and it’s okay to take it one day at a time. You’ve got this.


You can always talk to a therapist if you feel you need it! If you are in California, you can check to see if I have availability at LCSWerica.com.


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