Everyone is messed up; some people’s scars are just easier to hide. In the interest of living naked, I decided to show some of mine. When I compare notes with other survivors, knowing I’m not the only one facing this or that helps me keep going. Let’s start (relatively) small.

Scar #1: I’m terrified to sleep in the dark. It began after the amnesia, when memories would return through nightmares. I discovered sleeping with the lights on helped keep the bad dreams away. Sometimes.*

What is something you don’t talk about but need not be ashamed of?

*I may or may not also have a stuffed elephant (from my dad) who often ends up as my pillow.

Showing Scars #1: I’m Afraid of the Dark

A Survivor's Life, Bravery