Greetings readers:) I hope everyone is having a beautiful week. I have had some phenomenal trendsetters on my radio show talking about what is happening in the world and how each of us are setting a standard to help start or working in the present towards change. One of the important conversations that touches my heart always is discussing trauma 🙁 a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or even a physical injury that has affected us all one way or another this beast can become a silencer and When you think of trauma think of blunt force. Trauma tends to come on all at once and be quite serious. Someone who experiences trauma will have either a traumatic injury or traumatic distress. Try not to use this term lightly. If you say that having to wait twenty minutes for a burger was a trauma, people will rightly accuse you of drama. During research I had read an article by the National Library of medicine who had stated that traumatic experiences typically do not result in long-term impairment for most individuals. It is normal to experience such events across the lifespan; often, individuals, families, and communities respond to them with resilience. How survivors of natural trauma respond to the experience often depends on the degree of devastation, the extent of individual and community losses, and the amount of time it takes to reestablish daily routines, activities, and services (e.g., returning to school or work, being able to do laundry, having products to buy in a local store). The amount, accessibility, and duration of relief services can significantly influence the duration of traumatic stress reactions as well as the recovery process.

Alongside the disruption of daily routines, the presence of community members or outsiders in affected areas may add significant stress or create traumatic experiences in and of themselves. Examples include the threat of others stealing what remains of personal property, restrictions on travel or access to property or living quarters, disruption of privacy within shelters, media attention, and subsequent exposure to repetitive images reflecting the devastation. Therefore, it isn’t just the natural disaster or event that can challenge an individual or community; often, the consequences of the event and behavioral responses from others within and outside the community play a role in pushing survivors away from effective coping or toward resilience and recovery. Also I was reading an article by “PepperDine” who said overcoming trauma and (PTSD) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a clinical, psychiatric disorder developed after a person of any age has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Trauma takes a variety of forms, but often involves experiencing a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, combat in a war zone, rape, assault, or other act of violence. We can overcome this disruption that comes with an element of shame or embarrassment, which is a real problem for our society,” Keane said. “So making sure that people know they can talk about things is the best thing for others to offer.” and it brings me to the interview I had with Mr. Norm Wielsch, who had an inspiring story when h he was a law enforcement officer for over 25 years — 16 of those as an undercover narcotic agent. In 1998, he was diagnosed with an incurable neuro-muscular disease, and after more than 30 surgeries, he became addicted to opioids. Wielsch was diagnosed with PTSD, and then his daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness and given a poor prognosis. In a downward spiral, Wielsch made a series of bad decisions that landed him in federal prison.

While incarcerated, he obtained a master’s degree in Theology and Counseling, a Doctorate in Christian Counseling, and a Drug and Alcohol Counseling Degree. He currently works at a men’s residential treatment facility as a registered alcohol and drug counselor and pastoral care provider. Mr. Wielsch is working credential chaplain who hopes to one day launch a first responder ministry, and has a master’s degree in Law Enforcement Management and is an expert in law enforcement tactics, criminal investigations, pursuit driving, high risk search warrant service, PTSD and the police culture. Wielsch’s new book, Christ Centered Healing of Trauma: Healing a Broken Heart (and companion small group study guide), teaches foundational principles and tools for resolving issues related to traumatic life events.

Readers will learn how trauma affects the heart, body and soul; how to manage emotions; how to identify the root cause of emotional pain; and how to begin the healing process.Through a bible study portion, readers will learn God’s plan for salvation and healing. Included are numerous sample prayers to guide readers through the healing process. Wielsch’s Christ-Centered healing method was originally designed to minister to first responders and combat veterans but is also appropriate for counselors, pastors, chaplains and anyone whose lives are impacted by trauma.

“This book is not only for the victims of trauma, but for their husbands, wives, daughters, sons and parents who suffer right along with them,” Wielsch said. “They are wounded people as well. Hurt people, hurt people. Since our families are the closest to us, we tend to hurt them more than we intend.” check out the interview link I was absolutely proud how Mr. Wielsch was open and honest about his demise when he was a police officer and how he had taken that downward fall an turned it into a lesson and a story to help others who have or who are dealing with (PTSD) trauma. You can purchase his book by visiting his website at and be inspired 🙂 well readers I have reached my destination and as always I am spreading love, laughter and healthy relationships and I hope you will follow the road lol I leave you with this quote and until next time do have a wonderful weekend from a true “Sapphire”

Quote: “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Bob Marley