Journal excerpt: Coming to terms with my condition…

I wrote this as I was learning more about Complex PTSD and coming to accept my illness.  This short journal entry helped me focus on my recovery with a sense of balance.  I didn’t expect it to be easy, but I did expect to get somewhere… Looking back, I see that I have accomplished most of the objectives I had.  I’m still growing and still getting my life back on track, but I have made some progress.

Journal excerpt: Coming to terms with my condition…

I have an illness. I am dealing with it and it will take time.

My illness has caused some changes in my life.

Recovery is not only possible… it will significantly improve my way of living.

I deserve the time, space and resources to recover.

I am responsible for seeing that I receive the right treatment and care.

Recovery will be emotional. I am responsible for my emotions and will be respectful of others and myself during my recovery process.

My recovery will shape my understanding of myself, of life and of others as I moved forward.

My recovery will require me to focus on my physical health as well.

I will not stop. Sometimes I may need a break, but I will not stop getting better.

I will make it through this and create a life of my own design.