I was born into this world breathless and unsafe. I had a heart that didn’t work the way it should. As a child with a congenital disability, I was always told I had it easy.
I had parents who loved and cared about me; my disability wasn’t “that bad.” Yet medical trauma seemed to show up in key points in my adolescence to adulthood and I realized that this trauma had made me feel as if I was never truly safe or in control of my life and body.
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder is usually when someone has repeatedly experienced traumatic events or has been exposed to prolonged trauma.