How do you relate to the people in your life with PTSD?
This post is part of a series of poems dedicated to my girlfriend. She has PTSD and severe anxiety and you will understand her story with each post. Each time I learn something about the mental conditions she lives with, I add a “part” to the series. Please read Part 1 and Part 3 of her story and the lessons she’s taught me.
She came at me, in a tone that was harsh,
And I shut down and put up a wall.
I reinforced it with ego, and self centered-ness
I put up my guard, I let the gate fall.
I was angry, insulted, and wounded inside,
Her sticks and her stones had wounded my pride
I lashed back in defensiveness, with a little man’s heart,
I lost my bearing, I fell apart.
I fell short of the man, I needed to be
It wasn’t her, it was the PTSD
The years of bones that were broken and bruised,
The hate, and the lies, and the wrong.
Of kicks and punches, and choking and hate,
Is always present, ne’er gone.
Now she fights for her mind, and own sanity,
And I need to remember her will.
And support her with love, and uncommon valor,
And never say words that are ill.
She’s grown on me, and taught me her life,
My mouth hangs open in awe.
For I’m getting her condition, her PTSD
I’m beginning to understand it all.
Do you have suggestions for supporting people with PTSD? Will you share them with us?