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Suffering from ghosts of the past. Why we are willing to accept abuse. Effects that it has on the family. Separation and isolation. Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you are willing to stay and cost you much more than you are willing to pay.
Medical issues can be a challenge in the best of circumstances. For abuse survivors, dealing with health problems can present special challenges. Triggers, low self esteem, fear of authority, body issues, and touch can all add to the mix when addressing medical problems and undergoing treatment.
Dealing with medical problems after abuse can stir all sorts of things. Fear of doctors and dentists are not uncommon. The question of how to put appropriate trust in medical personnel while taking responsibility for your own health is a skill that must be learned. Becoming aware of all your options and making wise treatment decisions are important. How and when to disclose an abuse history to your medical care team is another issue that must be considered.
Misa Leonessa shares her thoughts and experience in living with several chronic health issues, including a genetic bleeding disease, and the challenges she has faced through many doctor visits, medical procedures, and many surgeries. She has learned how and when to use western medicine (it has saved her life more than once), and when to find healthy alternatives. Her journey has taught her how to own her body and the ultimate decisions for what will be done to it, by whom, and when. Through taking responsibility for her own health, she has been able to use nutrition, exercise, and other interventions to greatly minimize the need for more tests and surgeries. Misa knows the struggle with health issues from a survivor’s perspective and is learning how to thrive in the midst of many challenges.
Laughter is not as far from tears as you might expect. In order to laugh, we have to be connected to our feelings. Being able to cry means we are able to laugh as well. The more we allow ourselves to be emotionally present the more we can enjoy all the fullness of life. Laughter feels good and can bring us great release. This week on Beyond Abuse Radio we will talk about the healing experiences of laughter and imbibe in some of the greatest medicine known to man.
What are you sick and tired of taking? Are you withholding your thoughts, not speaking up and feeling resentful? Do you have issues that are screaming for your attention? Are you tolerating somebody's remarks that are belittling you, and allowing them to walk all over you? Are you blaming someone else for your unhappiness? Are you tolerating being a victim? Let's stop tolerating it and in 2014 use that anger, that resentment to STOP TOLERATING THE ABUSE! You can use that energy to move throught it, take some courage and to draw some strong boundaries and say I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!! ??
Are you ready for more joy in your life? Join us on Beyond Abuse Radio as Dr. Wilder shares how to move from pain into joy. Learn how to increase your brain's capacity to engage life with energy, creativity and endurance and to handle the difficult aspects of life. "When we are empowered by joy, we are able to suffer, withstand pain, and still maintain intact relationships with other people...we are empowered to find creative, mutually satisfying solutions for problems." --Dr
“Did you think you were immune to this? Did you think you could escape without infection? You do all you're able to resist just to avoid the danger of rejection. Memory warns you of the past when it all went wrong. When you think your life is shattered and there's no way to be fixed again, love heals your heart. At a time you least expected, you're alive like you have never been. Love heals your heart.” (Third Day, Love Heals Your Heart) Indeed, love does heal. Yet love requires trust and vulnerability, which can create a conundrum for abuse survivors. Join special guest and spiritual director, Bonnie Wolf as we discuss the way that love heals and the challenges of learning to give and receive that love.
We have a surprise guest tonight! Chiquita will be sharing about healing humor and I'm sure we'll have a laugh or 10! Chiquita, also known as God's Girl, is a single Mom of three beautifully gifted, anointed and talented children. Licensed to ministry at the age of 17 and ordained later, she has served the Body of Christ in various capacities. With the graduation of her last child Chiquita recently launched her Full-time Ministry, God's Girl Ministries. God uses her in diverse areas of ministry including: Revivalist, Conference & Workshop Speaker, Comedienne, Play Writing/Actress, Singing and Songwriting, Author, Certified Christian Counseling and Mentoring. Having survived domestic violence among other life challenges, Chiquita ministers with a wisdom beyond her years as she brings humor and practical application to every presentation she gives. This Minister/Psalmist is a sold out vessel for God and will be the 1st to admit that God is not just her Father but her ALL and without HIM she can do nothing. http://www.godsgirlministries.com/ Did you know that laughter can lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and release muscle tension? Arnold Glasgow calls laughter the “tranquilizer with no side effects.” Laughter therapy is appearing on the scene in many medical facilities as people recognize the healing properties attendant with a good belly laugh. Laughter has been called the “shock absorber that eases the blows of life.” Join us as we discuss the benefits of humor and joviality in trauma healing and have a good laugh or two along the way, this THURSDAY at 7:30 p.m. on Beyond Abuse Radio.
Helen Keller said, “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” What kind of faith did it take for Helen to trust what she could not see? Survivors of abuse likewise must learn how to have faith, for faith requires trust. Discerning what is worthy of putting our faith in is a skill to be acquired. Henry Ward Beecher calls faith, “spiritualized imagination.” This week we will be talking about what faith is,
“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” -- Pittacus Lore Without hope we cannot act to change something. If we want to move from surviving trauma into thriving lives, hope must be within sight. Where there is no hope, there will be no transformation, only despair. Hope is only as good as the thing that we put our hope in. Hope is more than wishful thinking, it is something we choose to believe in because it is based on promise and a reason for our hopeful vision. Rob Patterson, Vicar of Redeemer Anglican Church, says that “If our hope is sure then hope transcends our circumstances. We no longer have to allow our circumstances to dictate our well-being. No amount of hardship or suffering can crush it.” Join us Saturday, June 22 on Beyond Abuse Radio for a discussion on the role that hope plays in healing from trauma and the difference between hope and magical thinking. Rob Patterson has led musical worship since 1995. He has served as a pastor since 2004. In 2012 Rob helped found Redeemer Anglican Church in Santa Cruz, California where he currently serves as Vicar. Rob’s passion is leading people into a genuine response of worship in light of who God is and what he’s done. Rob has recorded two worship albums. The latest of which, Found, was released in January of 2009. Rob has been married to his wife Julie since 2001. They have two daughters, Lyric and Story, and another baby on the way! You can learn more about Rob’s music at robpattersonmusic.com, and more about Rob’s church at RedeemerAnglican.com.
Butterfly Dreams Talk Radio & Abuse Recovery is happy to welcome you to Survivors World.
Join us for SURVIVORS WORLD (9:00 p.m. EST) as we discuss "Grieving: The abuse is real and the losses are real." We, as survivors, come together to aid and assist other survivors as we address the many, many, life-altering, long-lasting, and debilitating effects and scars left to deal with after the abuse is over. You may be asking yourself questions, such as:
* What losses are we talking about?
* Do you find yourself wondering if you are grieving or depressed?
* Do you find yourself crying uncontrollably at times?
* How do seek comfort?
* Have you allowed yourself to grieve?
* Would you tell someone to "get over it" for the loss of their loved one(s)?
* Will the grieving ever end?
To answer these questions and more, everyone is invited to participate as Faith McDaniel, incest survivor-to-thriver and advocate, delves into the losses created by the abuse, which are never to be recaptured.
Join us in the chat room as other Butterfly Helpers, survivors, and supporters gather, share, and heal together. Feeling vocal? You are invited to call in at 347-215-7754 as we discuss Grieving: The abuse is real and the losses are real.
Call us or share in the chat room! Alone we are a whisper. Together we can ROAR!
Today, April 30, 2014, marks the last day of Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but it does not end the need to continually reach out and raise awareness by sharing and educating.
We are connecting hearts and holding hands around the world to build a better world tomorrow. Not a professional psychological or therapeutic program. Please contact to connect with a local resource of help in your area.
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