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My heartbreak at losing my dog
At One Holistic Centre, treatments to be offered
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Napac opens a much need branch in Stockport

Many survivors of abuse often have nowhere to turn when it comes to seeking professional help and support. Though I offer support and advice to my fellow survivors I am only one person.
NAPAC are a superb organisation supporting people like me. In October NAPAC open here in the north in Stockport to support our local community. You can ring them confidentially knowing there is a supportive trained voounteer will listen. You will at last be heard something survivors have lacked for many, many years.

My heartbreak at losing my dog

Yesterday was a very grey day. My beloved Chow Chow Fudge died in the early hours. I lay by her side on the kichen floor willing her to live. I stroked her teddy bear face and kissed her lots. I'm not a good nurse but yesterday I did my best to ensure she knew the bond was and always would be there never to be broken.

My son was devastated. It was tough to see him so heartbroken as he lifted the blanket from her body but the hardest part was taking her body to the vets. We placed her in the car crying as we made the final journey.

At One Holistic Centre, treatments to be offered

At One Holistic Centre is a badly needed resource. Large amounts of stress badly managed is both unhealthy and potentially dangerous. At One Holistic Centre will roll out a programme we hope can be replicated countrywide and dare I say worldwide.

Often when we are stressed we don't like to admit it to others. All of us are busy, pre occupied with our own busy lives and none of want to burden others and there lies the problem. Don't speak up. Bottle it up. Don't seek help and very quickly we find ourselves on a fast moving downward spiral contemplating very final outcomes in extreme cases.

The stalker of depression

Depression can be the stalker in the shadows. he hides in the shadows watching his prey performing a psychological number on his victim. At first you don't see him or hear him but you begin to feel differently. You may not even notice any difference at first. You just know you feel differently. An oppressive, ominous cloud which can engulf you. It can literally emerge from the shadows as the stalker with such intensity it can be terrifying. Once it has you in it's grip it can seem impossible to shake.

No remorse...right to appeal?

The British judicial system gives those convicted of a crime the right to appeal. I would agree that if you knoe you did not commit the crime you are convicted of or you believe there was a miscarriage of justice then appealing your sentence is right.

Recently though we have witnessed several high profile abusers who have shown no emotion let alone any remorse. Should someone who shows no remorse for their actions be allowed to appeal? Is this defiance and an' up yours' to the system and more importantly those victims whose lives are changed forever?

It's O.K to have low moments

Currently meeting myself coming backwards with At One Holistic Centre, project management and people management and that's before we open!

I want to tell you I am bouncing along, happy at all times with a vigour for life but pure tiredness makes that a tad impossible. I have also introduced swimming six mornings a week which I hope will produce its own benefits in time.

I guess the taxing times makes us appreciate the good times so much more. I know many of you who follow my blog are suffering and I hope you know I am here to listen as well as to express my thoughts.

The ultimate and saddest of betrayals

Trust, a word I use a lot on this blog. Trust. The strongest of bonds  between a parent and a child. Trust, the natural glue that unites parents snd their offspring. 

Trust is fragile. A piece of glass that can shatter into a million pieces when a parent performs the unthinkable. Thry break that delicate piece of glass so badly it can never be fixed much like the life of the innocent life destroyed for years, for life in some cases.

I have tried many a time to understand why a parent violates their flesh and blood or why a sibling would do the same and i sm a master at analysing - i've had to be but never have i formulated a definitive answer.

Relaxation crucial to an abuse survivor

proper relaxation is so very important to an abuse survivor. see, you never rest. You never truly forget. depending on where you are in the healing process for some the nightmare is consistent and relentless. Imagine waking up and seeing the torturous face of the abuser. Imagine going to bed seeing that same face. Imagine flashbacks throughout the day. Now you wouldn't wish that on your worst enemy would you?

Not being able to chill out, to properly relax is not good for any individual but when you are an abuse survivor it is truly imperative that you find your own way to 'forget'.

At One Holistic Centre

At One Holistic Centre is work in progress. Basically I think I should have shares now in the local d.ielement listingem to be at daily!

At One will be a model of good practice in terms of physical and talking therapies with a psychic work element. 

Stress accounts for almost fifty per cent of visits to a doctor. Stress manifests itself in many ways and before you know it can progress into a more complex conditions. It is so important that we learn to manage our own stress whether that be through physical activity or a more relaxed form of stress relief.

Abuse within the inner sanctum of government

Well, an independent enquiry into alleged historical abuse within government. Elizabeth Butler - Schloss will head this particular enquiry.

I have mulled this scenario over. Here are my thoughts and as always the views I express are my own. Imagine you were given a magic wand with which you could always achieve what you wanted no matter how that may affect others. At first you might think 'great!' Getting the car of your dreams, the designer bling and that beautiful rural retreat. You invest in a huge new wardrobe and are particularly extravagant with your family and closest friends.
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