Hello World

Welcome to my first ever blog! You may ask yourself why is she writing this… well here is my story.

Almost 9 years ago I went to a party and was raped by a stranger. This event changed my life drastically. Although I did not at the time know what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was, it began to run my life, changing my mood, behavior and physical responses to everyday events. After months of research and a caring friend whom made me aware of PTSD ( which until this point I had believed was only related to the military), I was able to find several resources that helped me. I became obsessed with reading survivor stories because it made me feel less alone;  the problem was all these resources and stories were limited; not to mention they focused on the attack and shortly after but that is not where these women’s struggles ended. I wanted to know more…did they piece themselves back together? Did they find happiness again?

1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime but this topic has such a strong social stigma most women stay silent. It was only once I began sharing my story, that I realize that survivors were all around me. Society and my disorder had tricked me into feeling isolated, like no one else could relate. I believed that there was no way of moving forward without keeping what happened to me and my inability to process it, a secret. Over time I have made some unbreakable bonds with rape survivors from around the world and they all agreed that something has to change. We need more information to be provided to victims and the people who care for them. It has taken me years to come out so publicly with my story, after years of being held back from shame and the fear of other's reactions. I am ready now to scream from the mountain tops that I will no longer stay silent. I did everything society told me to do in order to not to get raped, I dressed appropriately, didn’t binge drink, and took years of self-defense, but it didn't work. What does this mean? It could happen to anyone. Something has to give, it is time for change and that starts with speaking up! 

I will be using this platform to provide resources on everything PTSD related. From diagnosis and symptoms to different treatments. Each person deals with trauma in their own way, so I will be publishing numerous survivor stories ( If you would like to contribute please contact me directly at aaldouspangborn@gmail.com). PTSD changes the way we process what is going on around us and I hope by letting you into my head I can change societies perception of me and people like me.
Writing is not my specialty so please bear with me through my spelling and grammer errors. I am just a math chick who feels strongly enough about a subject to write about it=)

Comments

  1. Thank you for being such a strong woman and speaking out. You are helping so many!

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  2. So proud of you for having the courage to speak up. You're on your way to helping so many women!

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    1. Thank you Jess, I couldn't of mustered up the courage without a great support system!

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  3. I've had severe PTSD since I was 5. I have PTSD from many different situations in my life even past 5. Thank you for sharing. I find it hard for me to share publicly and I really commend you for your strength. ❤️

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    1. Nicole, It sounds like you have a case of CPTSD also known as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder usually from childhood abuse. I hope to provide more information on this subject in the future. You are strong because you are a survivor do not tell yourself otherwise. You will find your voice in due time, just being able to bring yourself to commenting here is a great step.

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  4. I too have CPTSD. I am looking forward to reading your blog and even sharing my story if i can get to writing it.

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