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.