Before treatment (inpatient for PTSD and complex trauma 2016).
Me Before was different:
Before, I could not eat dinner (or most anything) without thinking about where I would throw it up.
Before, I could not get through a day without punishing myself... through self harm, starvation, vomiting, over exercise. Through cleaning, long hours or over use of alcohol.
Before, I could not see myself as a valuable participant to this society.
Before, I could not see that I could help others learn.
Before, I could not see that I was a light in the world.
Before, I had no voice.
"Before" (thankfully) is a fire with dying embers.
Now (with HARD work) "Before" is required to write a different story. Now, I can enjoy a meal...I still work at the internalized shame attached to eating three times a day, but I do eat regularly WITHOUT vomiting.
Now, I can spend days without spending time thinking about how/when to cut myself, or how I can fit in a 5 (or more) mile run (along with the miles of riding I do), or cleaning my living area "100 times" before I leave it, or working until I can not see straight.
Now, I can see I add to the world around me. That I can pass on the knowledge I have learned.
Now, I am able to acknowledge my ability to eduacte.
Now, I can see I am a bright light.
Now, I see I have a voice, a song and a dance.
To anyone out there who feels there MIGHT be an "After". Or who has questions about IF they have options on Before/After - please know there is a road to NOW.
Hang on to Now, it is what we have...