Once a Victim Now a survivor

“one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.” ― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

Survivor Award

Robert Goldstein, one of our resident writers, nominated me for the, Once a Victim Now a Survivor Award.  Rob also has a website named, Art by Rob Goldstein.  Rob is a powerful advocate for the rights of the mentally ill and homeless.  He speaks from his personal experience with the mental healthcare bureaucracy in America and the stigma our society still holds.  Please read Rob’s fine work and enjoy his artwork.

This award is for those who have gone through mental illness of any kind, abuse, trauma, and especially PTSD.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you

2. Nominate 5 – 10 bloggers to pass the award to

3. Post 5 questions for your nominees to answer (you may use the same as these below)

4. Inform your nominees and post a comment in their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated

My questions:

1. In what ways do you feel that blogging can help people with psychological trauma or mental illness?  The blogging community spans the entire spectrum of mental illness in significant numbers. This provides a powerful resource of outreach to persons looking for support and answers. The blogging community has become a global support group to those in need.

2. How has blogging helped you with your healing, or your personal journey? I started my first blog as a way of unburdening memories that haunted me. I found it difficult to relive certain things and wrap those memories into a story.  With every recollection, the pain became more intense until I fell into a deep depression and began to make decisions I later regretted.

It was my effort to go back time and again and finish the story that helped me heal by lessening the sting of those terrible moments seared in my mind. Many people  wrote such supportive and caring comments, I began to feel the need to finish my stories for my readers. It was my readers that carried me through the painful transition.

later still, I realized, I needed to step away from writing about pain. Instead of walking through life looking backwards, I wanted to look forward. I began to write about more uplifting subjects while holding true to my philosophy of finding balance between darkness and light. Blogging became fun and my readers became my close friends.

3. What books, movies, or YouTube channels would you recommend to someone with a similar background to you? I read and watch stories about personal triumph and challenge. I like YT channels about hiking and climbing. These things relax and inspire me to carry on with my challenges I face day-to-day.

4. When did you start your blog and what inspired you?  I started my second blog in January of 2015 called Hyperion Sturm after a long hiatus from my first blog, which I deleted because I felt it got away from me and moved away from the center of what and who I am.  I was a member writer of Survivors Blog Here and posted my first post in September 2014.

I was inspired to write because writing liberated me and connected me with other people whose talent inspired me even more. I saw the dignity and grace of others with challenges in their own life. It grounded me in a community of talented people who strive to share something of themselves each day.

5. What types of blogs do you follow?  I am a strong advocate of the arts, sciences, and literature as a means of connecting us to our past and future in a way that shines the light of our humanity bright into the shadows of many lives. I follow the works of poets, story and fact writers, architecture and design, photography, and artists.  I am a ravenous consumer of visual arts. Here is where I find the greatest tapestry of what it is to be human and to create. Of course, I will read and follow any blog written by someone with a genuine interest in contributing something to their fellow bi-pedal hominids and the natural world.


It is my policy to invite readers to accept the challenge and the award if they choose. I offer it to anyone who feels the charter of the award fits their reasons for doing what they do. Please feel free to accept and respond at any time.

I will use the same questions for my questions to those that accept the challenge.

4 thoughts on “Once a Victim Now a survivor

    1. Thank you, Sedge. It’s really a team effort. I appreciate your support and the beauty you bring to us with your photography and commentary.

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