Through it All: Trauma Recovery Journal
This journal opens the wound and lets oxygen in so healing can begin. Sprinkled throughout the book are 303 pages of writing prompts and quotes to help jog creativity. It can be used individually or in groups. I wrote this journal to help other people heal themselves using expressive writing as I did.
In this book, you’ll find many thought-provoking quotes from a variety of people. Each page has room for your thoughts and feelings about the quote, or you can write something unrelated. The quotes will help jog your memory. If you write about your feelings honestly, you will heal. If you let go and express your truth, you will be transformed.Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that produces psychological injury or emotional pain. Traumatic experiences often occur during childhood. Later in adulthood, they may contribute to chronic health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular and lung diseases, or diabetes.
An estimated 1 in 4 children has some form of child abuse or neglect in his or her lifetime. In 2015, about 1,670 children died nationwide from abuse or neglect. The total lifetime costs are $124 billion a year. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron
The effects of unresolved Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) can be devastating and affect habits and lead to addictions and poor choices. It can take a toll on relationships and family life. Traumatic events can trigger physical pain and disease or cause self-destructive behaviors.
This is a story about how post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma affected one woman’s life. Through it All resonates with anyone who has found love and lost it.
A healing memoir of love and loss. HEDDY finds true love as a young girl, but suddenly and unexpectedly loses it. Thirty-seven years later, inspired by her daughter’s questioning, her heart attack, and heart bypass surgery, the divorced school teacher sets out to find out what happened to her lost love. Driven by her undying love for LEON SMITH, she searches for answers to longstanding questions. She yearns to be in his arms again.
Heddy kept Leon in her heart throughout the years and various relationships including her marriage. She thinks, maybe he died in the Vietnam War, but secretly hopes he is alive. She searches online for information on Vietnam casualties, veterans, missing in action, and prisoners of war but never finds him listed anywhere. Consumed by her desire to find out what happened to her lost love, she stops at nothing to reveal the truth.
“There’s magic in writing. I began by journaling my memories and feelings. Through this process, I found that expressive writing is a great healer. There were times when the emotional pain was so intense that I stopped writing, but eventually returned.” Heddy
African American Scientists and Inventors: An Accelerated Learning Curriculum
This curriculum is an effective method to teach children about the achievements of African American scientists and Inventors who helped shape American Society. This Afrocentric curriculum helps inspire and motivate students. Accelerated learning can be used in the classroom, at home, in churches, and youth groups.
Heddy Keith is the founder and president of the Milwaukee Writer’s Circle. She is published in The Best of Milwaukee Writer’s Circle Anthology (2013) and Milwaukee: People Places and Traditions (2016). Keith is a certified journal writing instructor and teaches journal writing to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder as well as memoir writing workshops. She taught language arts in the Milwaukee Public School District for over twenty years. Heddy produces and hosts, “Meet the Author”, a cable television talk show for authors in the Milwaukee. Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master’s in education from Cambridge College-Cambridge, MA. She lives in Milwaukee.
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