Posttraumatic stress disorder | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Survival, Loyalty and Faith: Ben Skardon, Bataan Death March Survivor.

Survival, Loyalty and Faith: Ben Skardon, Bataan Death March Survivor.
For the fifth year in a row, 94-year-old Bataan Death March survivor Ben Skardon walked a portion of the march, with friends and familyi called “Ben’s Squadron.” In his speech, accessible through independentmail.com, Ben describes, the point of incarceration in POW camps, when dear friends Otis Morgan and Henry Leitner saved his life. He had already survived a journey in two bombed “Hell Ships,” arriving as among the only one out of four who survived. His three words for us are: survival, loyalty and faith. Survival, the word that honors the most horrible of ordeals. When...
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Excellent, Excellent Moments

Excellent, Excellent Moments
What happens  when I approach survivors to do research for my pending novel, Shadows, who are not used to talking? Survivors are probably not thinking to themselves excellent, excellent, excellent at such a time, I know. Yet somehow it all works out. I receive moments, both of us softening again. Softening that which had been hardened pain for so long. We start like barnacles on the bottom of a ship, seemingly impossible to scrape off, infecting every lake it goes to, risking barnacles on every ship, kayak or boat that enters the new lake. Yet, with caring faith-filled talk the barnacles start to come...
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Open Door

Open Door
Open the Door I grew up with words like this, “It’s too terrible to tell you,  it’s too much. I do not hate the Japanese; they were cruel to each other too.” Those words came from my father, every time I asked him what it was like to survive WWII in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). He never told me. Every survivor of WWII has differences in how they survive and thrive… After. For my father it was never to talk about 1942 -1945,  except occasionally to cousins who also survived, or to a combat-survivor soldier. My father’s “combat” survival was in Japanese...
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Locked Door

Locked Door
Open a Locked Door of pain? Is there meaning behind a Locked Door? Is there a gift behind a Locked Door? What about the gift of meaning? these may be the TOUGHEST QUESTIONS for survivors of World War II and other trauma If Trauma has a Gift (by Janneke Jobsis Brown) If trauma has a gift And the gift is bringing meaning to life. The gift is Too expensive Its cost is astronomical People pay with their lives The wounds are deep, as deep as the soul. The very Spirit suffers, hides wounds, yearns for healing If meaning is the gift of trauma Is the cost then, a broken spirit?   We hope and pray not. ...
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The Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story
Leaving the Panic Room This is my first published article, in Recovery Today, a monthly newspaper also available on line.  If you follow this link, you will find my article about how to help others recover from panic disorder and alcoholism/addiction. I would like you to know the story behind the story. Do you think I speak to Leaving the Panic Room because I have witnessed it? Yes, my Papa, a survivor of Japanese Concentration Camps suffered panic attacks, so have other family members. However, I have also experienced panic disorder.  In my 20’s I reluctantly entering an outpatient...
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