Today I am reviewing The Invisible Storm by Juanima Hiatt on my writing blog, Healing by Writing. I generally review memoirs on my writing blog because that is the genre I currently focus on in my writing. However, from time to time, a memoir comes along that I feel warrants the attention of the general reading public.
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Likely we have all heard the acronym PTSD, and most often it has been with the stories of returning members of the military service branches who have been deployed to Iraq, Pakistan or Afghanistan in recent years.
Juanima’s story is not so different from those returning from war with PTSD, except that Juanima has never served in the military. Her symptoms may be the same, her battle for recovery similar, and her frustration with the health care available to her often equal. But Juanima is the mother of two young daughters and is married to the love of her life at the time of her diagnosis. Why would she have PTSD?
Consider the word “traumatic” in the full description of the disorder. Juanima was the victim of excessive trauma as a child and adolescent and even into young adult life. Successful at finally reaching that place where she could push down everything that hurt her into a dark vacuous hole, Juanima managed to make her way through life, becoming a happily married woman and mother, until one fateful day.
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