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Trauma is Like A Broken Bone

Trauma is like a broken bone.
Let’s say someone pushes you over.
It may be an accident; it may be on purpose.
You fall and break your arm.
Even though it took that person seconds to push you over, you now have to suffer for 6 weeks while your bone heals.
The cast on your arm represents your support system, the people and things that help you through.
Some people don’t have casts.
They try to heal their broken bones themselves, but this causes more damage.
When that bone eventually heals, you may be able to do all the things you did before, but there will always be a mark on that bone.
You just can’t see it.
Some days, that bone will act up.
That arm you broke will cause pain every now and then.
Maybe it locks on colder days.
Or sends shooting pains up your arm when you lift something heavy.
Maybe you are no longer able to do some things you used to do.
Like playing a sport you used to love.
Maybe you can’t face certain situations that you could before.
Small, little “nothings” might, all of a sudden, remind you of that day you broke your arm.
You’ve had to adapt your life to meet the needs of that scar on your bone.
No matter how minor these changes are, you’ve made them.
And you know what?
Over time, it seems like it gets easier to cope with.
You don’t notice them little niggles as much as you did.
But they’re not gone.
You’ve just gotten so used to it that it’s just part of who you are now.
It seems “normal”.
Almost invisible.
The people around you can’t see that mark on your bone.
They only see the outside: the skin on your arm, just like any other.
And sometimes…
That’s all they’ll ever see.


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