I Walk with a Limp, My Personal Journey as a Trauma Survivor is filled with heartrending and inspirational prose and poetry. Barbara is a survivor of family violence, incest, and rape. She has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD, and was declared permanently disabled in May 2007 by the Social Security Administration.
Through personal stories, reflection, and poems, Barbara illuminates the many challenges she has faced while working through issues such as low self-esteem, bulimia, poor body image, perfectionism, hypervigilance, self-sabotage, setting boundaries, depression, and alcoholism.
In her collection, Barbara shares with us her experience as a survivor and what she has learned as she continues her path of healing from trauma. Her goal is to help other survivors understand that they are not alone in their struggles and to empower them to find their own voice. Her words help to educate others about what it’s like to live with PTSD and ease the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Barbara’s message is one of perseverance, courage, and hope. She offers the reader a glimpse into how she has discovered her inner warrior, learned to work through her fears, and strengthened her Spirit as she strives to live an authentic life.
Barbara resides in Connecticut with her rescue cat, Zeke. She has given presentations on what it’s like to live as a survivor of immense trauma, as well as on the stigma of mental illness. She works one-on-one with other trauma survivors, helping them learn how to navigate the myriad challenges they face by sharing her experience and lending a compassionate ear. Most importantly, she offers them hope.
Barbara’s poetry has been published in The Fictional Café online and in Common Ground Review.