Thanks to everyone who submitted something to share with other survivors for this month’s carnival!
This month, I decided to repeat a theme that the carnival has had before, change, for my own personal reasons. As it turns out, the very day that this edition goes “live” on my site, happens to also be the last day that I will live in South Carolina. My wife is pursuing an opportunity in Oregon, and I will be leaving and driving out there to join her. Since my work involves both travel and working from home when I am not traveling, I do get to keep that the same, but obviously, we are undertaking some pretty big changes!
As a survivor, and as someone who interacts with survivors, I see how difficult change can be. It presents us with things that are uncomfortable, unknowable, and beyond our control. For survivors, that can be scary, but change is part of life, and learning to deal with it is an important part of healing.
So, along with that theme, we have a few posts that speak specifically about change:
Charlotte Issyvoo, from her Sublime Mercies blog, shared When Home was Hell – Love After Slavery.
Meanwhile, April Phelps Downey asks an important question, “Is it Possible that Change Isn’t a Bad Thing?”
I also decided to weigh in, with my post about this move, and how making small changes helps us learn how and feel confident about making bigger ones, Dealing with Change and Challenges.
We also have some posts shared for the regular categories as well!
Advocacy and Awareness:
Tracie was keeping an eye on recent news and wrote about Grooming, Mel Hall, and Disclosures of Abuse; What Parents Need to Know.
Jayneen Sanders offers up lots of good information in Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse, and Dave Pittman adds more with How and When to Talk About Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Steve Head shared a collage along with these words, “This is a new art piece I felt compelled to do. I have been carrying the story in my heart and in my head for over 50 years, and it feels great to finally put it on canvas to share with others:
“Visiting Uncle Oscar” by Steve Head Digital Collage by Head2art”
Dave from Together We Heal shared He Would Tell Me.
Healing and Therapy:
Dave Pittman also suggested this post under the healing and therapy category, One Thing Leads to Another, which I enjoyed not just for the reminder of the 80’s song title, but also because it points out how starting down the healing path can lead to all sorts of changes and opportunities to give back to other survivors following on that path.
Along those same lines, I want to add Another Good Reason to Talk About Child Abuse.
Patricia Grace submitted a post that actually is the first few chapters of her book, Shattered.
The ever prolific this month, Dave Pittman, sent along a survivors stories piece, The Invisible Hand on Your Mouth! (Trigger Warning)
Thanks to everyone for the submissions! For those of you submitting for the first time, I hope to continue to see your work in future carnivals, and for those of you who’ve been around this scene for awhile, thank you for keeping this going through the years. I think it’s important to have this regular reminder that there is a large community of survivors out there, that we are not alone. For those of you just reading this and seeing that, indeed, you are not alone, please be sure to share this with your circles and get that same message out as far and wide as we can!
Oh and last, but certainly not least, thank you Tracie for allowing me to host this month, and for keeping this ball rolling!