How Birth Helped Me Heal After Childhood Trauma

My body has always been broken. I was born with isoimmune neonatal thrombocytopenia which meant that after my mother's c/section, I was monitored closely, given dozens of needles and tests, followed by a six month course of steroids which knocked out my immune system...

Can Young Children Really Remember Trauma?

When I was two years and 8 months old, my mother almost succeeding in killing me, leaving me to bleed for 40 minutes before calling emergency services. I remember it happening but time and again, people have questioned how I could possibly retain any memories from such a young age.

Why Domestic Abuse Against Men Should Not Be Ignored

Tonight's ‪ABC Q & A and the resulting Twitter fallout made me realise I needed to write a blog post about the stark reality of abuse against men which is often ignored. I am a woman. I grew up with a single father from the age of 13. My own mother tried to kill...

I’m Coming Out As A Chronic Lip Biter

I admit that I do it, and I admit it's a problem. I'm a cheek chewer, lip biter, mouth muncher, whatever you'd like to call me. And not in the supposedly sexy way that Ana Steele does it, either. Sometimes I chew the inside of my mouth raw, so badly that it hurts for...

Should Parents who Attack Their Children be Allowed Custody?

I recently read a story on a mother who killed her eight-week-old baby and left the infant’s twin sister severely injured. She is now being supported by the Department of Human Services in a bid to regain access to her surviving children.  Sadly, although this is the...

What Is A Writer?

A writer doesn’t necessarily have to write a poem or a thousand page book to be an amazing wordsmith.

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