A survivor of sadistic abuse and (apparently) severe mental illness wants other survivors to know that they can not only survive posttraumatic stress, but find meaning, joy and purpose.. Dear BR,
I’m one of those trauma survivors you write about, who went from being a basket case - even hospitalized for severe mental illness (a "normal" response to the sadistic abuse I experienced in my family of origin) - to a triumphant and highly functional incest and domestic violence counselor. I love my work and I help a lot of people. This is very meaningful and gratifying to me. Every day of my life is pretty much a joy these days. I have a profound relationship with my spirituality as well. I wanted others to know that we don’t have to just learn how to cope with PTSS. We can thrive and find true joy. Many of us have. Thanks for posting this.

Jodine P.