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author📚 grant writer 📑 journalist @rns @USATODAY & more 🗞 sex trafficking survivor💪🏻 grief expert💔 disabled♿ & autistic🧠 she/her agent:@amylizbishop
Sep 14, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read
“Get over it; it was a long time ago.”

I’ve been told this, including by a man who raped me.

Do you understand that an unwanted and unexpected touch from a principal during a meeting to advocate for my daughter can make me jump, yelp, cuss, because my body can’t get over it? “What could have happened 20 years ago that would still matter today.”

I’ve been told this, including by a man who trafficked me 20+ years ago.

Do you know trauma memories are stored differently, coming to life in nightmares in which it feels like it’s happening today?
Dec 10, 2017 36 tweets 10 min read
Things you should know about those living with chronic pain:

1. We minimize our reality because we don’t want to be seen as whiners & because we’ve noticed the “she had cancer & never complained once” stories that are usually bullshit but still consumed happily as inspirational. 2. We carefully curate our stories so we aren’t othered or pitied. I woke up in the middle of the night earlier this week, needing to pee. I had to take pain medicine and wait uncomfortably for it to kick in before I could manage to get out of bed. But that’s too sad to post.