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As I stand on tiptoe, readying myself to launch into what is going to be a very important yet extremely painful month of campaigning, I have to take a moment to remind myself to breathe deeply; that this is not the first time I will be writing and testifying about these things; and that the pain in my chest and throat that I am feeling right now is not a heart attack: it is PTSD.
As some of you may know, I am an Adult Survivor of Childhood Abuse. I carry a significant burden of PTSD from that. It’s possible that my experiences as an abused child made me a better Child Abuse Investigator, when I was in practice as a pediatrician. It certainly fueled my later career as an Expert Witness for the prosecution in child abuse cases.
In the coming days and weeks I hope to write my…
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