2020, C-PTSD, Childhood, Depression, Physical Symptoms, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Survivors, Trauma

Trauma and Illness

Happy 2020! If you are new to my blog I encourage you to start at the beginning even though there is a lot of content to get through. You will understand my story better if you start at the first post. This year I suspect the content of this blog might shift a little. I want to focus a bit more on the after-effects of trauma and how it impacts people long term. I know that it continues to affect me and many others I have contact with.

About a month ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and possibly another autoimmune disorder. There is a lot going on with my health, way more than I have the time to get into here. I firmly believe that my illness has a lot to do with the trauma I suffered in the past. There is science to back this up. Women are much more likely to suffer from fibro and those who have been through childhood trauma are even more likely. There seems to be a real connection between fibro and childhood sexual abuse. Even more so there is a connection between childhood trauma and autoimmune disease in general. I find this to be a fascinating topic. Many survivors I know suffer from depression and anxiety due to their past abuse and many folks with autoimmune disorders also suffer from mental illness.

I think the physical burdens carried by abuse survivors speaks to how hard or impossible it may be to “just let it go.” We are often told to forgive and forget but when your body is still experiencing things decades later it can be hard to just pretend like nothing ever happened.

If you are a survivor, have you suffered from an illness that you feel is connected to your past experiences?




4 thoughts on “Trauma and Illness”

  1. I haven’t read that book. I know it is highly recommended. I started years ago with Mate’s book.

    When The Body Says No; The Cost Of Hidden Stress by Dr. Gabor Mate is excellent.

    I also have, In An Unspoken Voice; How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter A. Levine, PhD

    I’m not sure if it’s necessary to add them to your list as it seems to me you’re getting excellent information with van der Kolks book.

    I’ve been in therapy for years and only recently in 2019 started to address C-PTSD (Complex PTSD) with a therapist. I also have fibro, crohn’s now mild &/or in remission (life-threatening at one time) -> during my most stressful years inside Christian fundamentalism. As well, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. I’m now in my early 60’s.


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