Guy MacPherson invited me to his Trauma Therapist Project for a chronic illness and trauma podcast. We talk about the science and some of my own story of how this became my passion. It was a joy and Guy’s inviting style holds depth of curiosity and wisdom, with questions that get right to the heart of the matter. We covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes!
- 10 min: ahas that got me thinking about chronic illness from trauma perspectives
- aha #1 “what if physical symptoms are like PTSD, but in our physiology?”
- aha #2 learning about Tony Madrid’s work with moms and their kids with asthma
- a story of asthma recovery suggesting the real potential for healing
- 17 min: Guy, “It seems like the trauma link to physical symptoms is a no brainer”
- onset triggers and stressors are common before onset of many chronic illnesses
- 19:50 – I didn’t think I had any trauma in my own history
- perspectives on how it can take time to improve chronic illness, including my own
- the science that is helping change perspectives on trauma at a global scale (ACEs)
- what led me to change careers and leave medicine
- books I recommend for the chronic illness and trauma connection (Stephan Hausner’s Even if it Costs Me My Life) and Peter Levine’s books
You’ll find the podcast here
Many of you know I am taking time away from my blog and the topic of trauma and chronic illness for 2022 (learn more here).
It’s feeling great to be following this impulse and I’m enjoying spending less time at my computer :-).
My energy levels are also intriguing in that I am now having cycles in which I have enough energy for increased activities on some days and then enjoy hibernating or doing less on other days. The fascinating part is that while I feel tiredness during the down cycles, these cycles are not driven primarily by exhaustion as they used to be (which is the hallmark of chronic fatigue syndrome aka ME/CFS.) Instead, these slower periods come with light impulses in which I want to slow down, read, stop or watch a little TV that’s not too intense (such as The Great Pottery Throwdown), rather than being forced to do so from extreme physical fatigue. I’m observing this with a gentle eye and a large degree of curiosity because it is looking a lot like a healthier pattern of pendulation that is emerging in my nervous system :-). This could be a sneaky sign of progress on my healing journey. We’ll see and I’ll let you know what I discover!