The Invisible Storm by Juanima Hiatt

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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With raw emotion, painful honesty, and a deep desire to help others, Juanima Hiatt has written her story of struggle with post-traumatic stress invisible stormdisorder (PTSD) in The Invisible Storm.

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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Read the rest of my review here.



2 thoughts on “The Invisible Storm by Juanima Hiatt

  1. ioniamartin February 18, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    You do realize that because of you my tbr list has grown exponentially and I will never be able to live long enough to read all these great books? Thank you again for pointing me in the direction of another book I would love to read 🙂


    • Sherrey Meyer February 19, 2013 at 8:41 am Reply

      Ionia, your comment made me smile. I fear the same is happening on my end as I read your reviews. 🙂


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