My Heart Broken and Entered

ErinLife Events21 Comments

I need to tell you what happened. It’s part of healing, telling your story. This story is hard to tell. I’ve had two major blows to my heart in the last month. First, my family dog, Milo, suddenly died. When my dad called me to tell me, I screamed and pounded the walls, dove onto my bed and wailed, “WHY!?!?” … Read More

ErinMy Heart Broken and Entered

Depression Hurts but Kindness Lives

ErinThe Big Picture21 Comments

I’d like to introduce you to the blue thing on my head. His name is Ice Pack Hat. Ice Pack Hat, meet my blog readers. It’s about time that you met. Ice Pack Hat lives on my head to help ease my constant migraines. My blog readers live in my heart. Both my heart and head still hurt, though, a lot. It’s … Read More

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Six Reasons I Stopped Cutting Myself

ErinSelf-Injury38 Comments

People keep finding my blog when they’re ready to self-injure but decide to search for help instead of engaging in cutting themselves. My words help them stay safe. I could not be happier about this. Stopping self-injury is one of my proudest achievements. I tend to get nervous sometimes, worried that I’ll slip back into hurting myself if something really … Read More

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PTSD and Canada Day Fireworks Don’t Mix

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Fireworks are being set off all around my apartment and I am freaking jumping out of my skin. They echo against buildings and I feel like my walls are exploding with the sound. It’s Canada Day, aka Canada’s birthday, and so I knew fireworks were in order for tonight. I didn’t know someone would be setting them off in my parking lot. My … Read More

ErinPTSD and Canada Day Fireworks Don’t Mix

Future Fears

ErinThe Big Picture7 Comments

In these past few years, my Facebook feed has slowly become not about my friends’ lives, but the lives of their children. I used to do a double-take when a friend’s profile pic showed them suddenly thirty years younger than they were the day before, but now I sigh and say, “Another baby.” What’s really weird is when you are … Read More

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Pets for PTSD

ErinDay-to-Day Life8 Comments

I have seen far too much. I struggle to put my memories into words because the memories feel corrosive, dangerous, and unpredictable. By stringing words together to describe my hell, I’m afraid that the resulting sentences will make my laptop explode. And you, dear readers, know this by now. My blog is a battlefield. And yet, my little weirdo dog … Read More

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What Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Feel Like?

ErinSymptoms and Side-Effects4 Comments

What does it feel like to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD)? This is what it feels like for me on a bad day: It’s never ever feeling safe. It’s never taking a full breath of air in your lungs. It’s the feeling of walking barefoot over glass, except the feeling is all over your body every time you leave … Read More

ErinWhat Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Feel Like?

Why I Cannot Give Personal Advice Over Email

ErinBlog Maintenance6 Comments

I WANT TO HELP YOU. Every single one of you. I want to help every person on the planet because every person on the planet deserves help. And this world, it’s a giant ball of pain. And I am so fortunate. I’ve had access to many forms of mental health treatment. I’ve always had a doctor (if not the best … Read More

ErinWhy I Cannot Give Personal Advice Over Email

Halloween Trauma Triggers

ErinThe Big Picture10 Comments

I am proud to say that readers from around the world visit and subscribe to Daisies and Bruises. Mental health is a universal issue, so I’m hoping even a few advanced alien species pick up on my site now and then. So if you’re reading from somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Halloween, here’s a link to explain the traditions and celebrations … Read More

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Little Matchstick Girl

ErinSurvival7 Comments

Sometimes I write an upbeat blog post, not because that’s how I feel all the time, but because it’s how I feel for a moment. For a moment, the other day, I thought, “Hell yes, I’m rocking my unhappiness!” And then later, when I inevitably feel weak again, I can go back to my blog and read up on how … Read More

ErinLittle Matchstick Girl