Posts Tagged Writing

Speaking unspeakable shame

Speaking unspeakable shame

The night I put myself on trial and began to see my madness and shame in a whole different way.
 
Childhood trauma gave me shame, and shame sent me mad, growing over time like a mad monster.
 
How unravelling my shame in a ‘mock trial’ helped me to heal.
 
Trigger warning: This post talks in detail about the emotional impacts of rape.

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Writing about me without me.

Writing about me without me.

What is written about us in hospital records? Whose version is the truth? Can we find ways to co-create narratives about our lives?   I recently watched Madness Made Me, the short online film about Mary O’Hagan’s story. It got me thinking about the power of words and those who use them.   I have long been inspired by Mary O’Hagan. I still remember the first time I saw her speak at a conference, and her strength stretched out to me across the auditorium. I wanted to be like her. A survivor, speaking her words with intelligence and humour, unashamed […]

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