You are not alone!

You are not alone!

By Ed Coghlan.

That‘s the message that a new series produced by a Colorado woman who is trying to inspire and educate folks who have had some form of medical trauma.

The woman’s name is Mary Beth Eversole who is developing a series of short films that will tell the story of a single individual who has endured trauma and must address it.

“While the film series is not dedicated solely to chronic pain, medical trauma is one of the episodes in the series that will be made and chronic pain is a medical trauma. We have a story from a fan who wrote in about the muscular disorder he has had from birth and how the chronic pain from that makes everyday life debilitating for him, but he has found a way to cope through music,” said Eversole.

The overall message of the series is: You are not alone. That in order to begin healing, you must first face your trauma in order to begin truly healing and managing the repercussions of it. One of the biggest parts of dealing with chronic pain is learning how to manage it and live through it. I can speak from personal experience as someone who lives with a chronic illness, it can be very traumatizing. This series is intending to provide a real look into the minds of those affected by these afflictions and show how they manage and begin to heal. So that they can feel like they aren’t the only one dealing with such issues and so that their loved ones can begin to understand what it is like for them.

“Victims of trauma have difficult roads ahead of them in terms of processing and moving on from their trauma. This can include assault, sexual harassment, rape, witnessing violence and many other types of trauma. Each victim has a story to tell and sharing that story with the world can help in the healing process,” she told us.

Eversole is “I” The Series Creator—if you’d like to help her let us know.


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Just as there are degrees of physical insult, there are levels of emotional insult. With physical damage, emotional damage occurs too, both leave scars. I don’t know one cpp who doesn’t have emotional damage from it. However not all of us realize it since it ‘grew’ unnoticed right along with the pain.

Listen, I agree these stories are nice and I am happy for those people. I am quite tired of reading about how I can heal. It is flat not possible and adds immeasurable amount of guilt when I cannot do the same. Y’all know what I mean. No different than the alternative medicine stories, this does not apply. Junk science is junk science, same stuff like the CDC used. Look how well that turned out.


Rita. Why write the letter? Why ask for an apology!? That makes no sense and is just setting yourself up for more pain.

16 years and this person hasn’t even thought of you enough to even give you an “I’m sorry”? A careless dr ruined mine and blamed me (I must have shifted on the table during surgery-eye roll).

That person is Not Worth your precious time!! If they enter your head mentally toss them out and think of something Good.

Would You hurt someone and not apologize? No. You’re better than that. This person clearly is Not. Toss ‘em Rita!!
I’m rooting for you!!

J. Flowers

Barbara Mills: It’s not always possible to move on from “emotional” traumas (your words not mine). I have both physical and “emotional” (again, your word) and both are the same in that there’s ALWAYS one thing or another, or I should say, many at once, coming against me at ALL times! I am disabled due to intractable severe chronic pain, PTSD, and the symptoms that each constantly bring against me.
Using your words: “Emotional” traumas are not something you EVER get over!! They are ALWAYS there!! Lurking just underneath to spring into action without any participation on your part whatsoever!! Even something as simple as opening the door of your own house to go outside can stop you in your tracks if you have PTSD (My words) in this arena. For instance, one of my situations with PTSD (your word: “emotional”), is I lost an Entire YEAR of my memories for the entire year after my 1st Husband committed suicide when I found him hanging from a tree in our backyard!! PLUS I Also lost all of my memories of growing up, my teenage years, living my life in my 20’s and my 30’s. I also lost the majority of my memories of the three short years my Husband and I were married. I also have memory lapses to date (probably because I’m constantly FIGHTING every second JUST TO FUNCTION and FOCUS on what I’m doing due to the symptoms of the intractable, debilitating chronic pain!!) I under went years and YEARS of psychological and psychiatric treatments and here I am, 29 years later WITH THE EXACT SAME MEMORY LOSS!! So PLEASE, even if innocently, DON’T be giving out your opinion when you obviously don’t know ANYTHING about “emotional” traumas which, by the way, are actually Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), NOT “emotional” problems!! That word makes us sound like we’re a bunch of nut cases!!
Yes, I do agree with you about how physical injuries can be with you all of your life. I am living that too. But don’t be discounting what people who have PTSD from traumatic events in their lives have to live with. The symptoms may subside to an extent over time; maybe one is able to get meds to help them; or perhaps Canine Therapy will help if they can get one; but the scarring, the trauma, and the effects from PTSD will NEVER “Heal”.


I went out on a date with someone I met online and talked to for several weeks before meeting him. I thought he was safe, but when I went on that first date he cut my forearm (which led to a cut artery, 8 inner sutures and 10 out and a damaged nerve) which has led to CRPS 2 in my right arm and has since spread to my left hand/arm and left foot which is crps 1. I later learned he is a sick kind of Satan worshiper and I very much believe in Jesus. I do have PTSD from this and I do struggle to find any forgiveness.

Lori T.

Write it Rita. After so many years of avoiding this person, you might actually find that it turns out to be a truly healing experience. And if this person refuses your letter or denies your words are valid, then know that this person is in a different stage of development in life and does not have the capacity to know or understand your pain. This person does not deserve the emotions that you are giving him everyday. Stop cursing this person on a daily basis. You are giving your precious energy away when you can least afford it. Instead say something life affirming to yourself. Then your healing will truly begin. You deserve to heal. You are a valued member of this world and please never believe any different. I am sorry for your pain in life. Know that there are others who can understand the tough road you have had to walk. I wish you well on your healing journey and please tell your story.

Lynda Hillebrenner

I have a history of chronic migraines, Fibromyalgia & IBS + PTSD. I have been molested as a child, raped as a teenager, got pregnant right out of high school and had marry the father of my child, and then 2 1/2 years later my little boy died from drowning. My husband called me at work to tell me “our son is dying and it’s your fault“. I got divorced, went back to school & became a Registered Respiratory Therapist. I traveled a lot & was working in Colorado when my roommate decided to shoot herself. She did not die, but because she shot herself in the head she was pretty unrecognizable when I worked on her in the emergency department. I was the one who finally identified her as I was inserting a breathing tube into her to help her breathe. It was too much for me so I moved again & wound up in the Midwest, where I met my current husband & had two fantastic daughters. My mother, who was an alcoholic passed away before we could really reconcile our relationship. My father and I were really close, and when he developed a rare blood leukemia that killed him in 1995, it tore my world apart. I had been having migraines since I was a teenager but not frequently, until my son died. My migraines increased and then when my dad died, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and with irritable bowel syndrome. I was a healthcare educator with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and teaching full time. I tried to push through the pain of the migraines, Fibro and IBS for as long as I could. But in 2004, I had to take disability and retire early. I spent the next three months in bed. I was beginning to get my life together again, when my husband had to take me to the hospital due to severe abdominal pain. I had to have emergency surgery (I was given a 50% chance) and I developed sepsis, then I had to have another emergency surgery (that time they gave me a 20% chance to live) and again became septic. I wound up spending 85 days in the hospital. I was released early because my youngest daughter was getting married at a destination wedding, and that along with learning my eldest daughter was pregnant, stopped me from the third time I thought about ending my life. My surgeon told me to expect some PTSD. HA!!! EVERYTHING I WENT THROUGH WAS BACK in spades! Nightmares, flashbacks, the new diagnosis of chronic, not episodic migraines. I had been mad at God when I lost my son, and now I was mad at him again. I’m fighting back!


This is not at all what the chronic pain patient faces. Thank you though. love those happy ending stories and they are nice to read. An already horrible disease now being treated by tapering medication to levels that are just unsustainable and lead to torture on Earth, this is the plight of the chronic pain patient. I wish we could just paint a happy face on it and be cured.😉😉😉

Kat Koe

What a great idea and I wish Mary Beth the best in this endeavour. I’m sure there are trauma victims whose families don’t understand their pain. My family is one of them. My sister and I have just resumed our relationship after not talking for seven years because she didn’t understand my illness of trigeminal neuralgia type 2. My other siblings think I’m a drug addict for taking pain meds. If this movie can help just one family then it’s done its job. No one understands.

Barbara Mills

These trauma’s that the article is talking about are EMOTIONAL trauma’s, not physical trauma’s like physical injuries like broken bones that might be incurred in a car accident or other accident. The process of moving on and healing from physical injury is extremely different than from emotional injury and sometimes it ISN”T possible to heal and move on from physical injury in the way its possible to move on from emotional trauma and for the author to imply that it is isn’t fair to the millions of people who have been injured and left disabled by physical injury. I’m not discounting the process of healing as it is possible to heal from emotional trauma but sometimes it isn’t possible to heal from physical trauma.


I haven’t been able to face the person that stole my life 16 years ago. I’m told to at least write a letter to him and ask for his apology and tell him how horrible it is living in pain every minute of my life. And how my daughter was traumatized watching the whole ordeal. What if he refused my mailing? If he denies my words are valid, when we know they’re true. If it will cause more scars on my mind to bring back that day again. I admit for many years I have woke up everyday, cursing him, and now, since the CDC recommendation hit me and I was forced off oxycontin, I’m suffering again and my family has been suffering since that day too. Should I write it?