“Living in the Shaky Place”

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Jessica Valenti writes a powerful piece about her experience with PTSD after undergoing a severe illness during pregnancy and prematurely giving birth to her daughter.

“I know now that the core of my trauma was the realization that life is out of my control. Life is unpredictable, scary and sometimes tragic. Believing anything else is a false comfort. But I actually find solace in letting go. It lets me see the world more clearly, value my relationships more deeply and love the people around me more fully. In a way, experiencing my mind responding to trauma – though scary and core shaking – was freeing.”

(Via Feministing)


Lisa Dusenbery is the managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →