Posts by Hilary Wolfson

Hilary Wolfson is a former special education English teacher and writer for The New York Times. She is the parent of three adult children, one of whom has Tourette Syndrome and is developmentally disabled, and is an advocate for families with similar life experiences. When she isn’t reading memoirs and streaming documentaries, Hilary enjoys playing with her grandson, Seamus, and walking her two rescue dogs, Bernie Sanders and Finley Mortimer, both of whom are her emotional support dogs and favorite children with tails.

How Trauma Affects the Brain and How I’m Healing from PTSD

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” ~Brené Brown 

Several months ago, I was stoked about writing a piece on the living legacy of trauma, sharing how much we think we know about these so-called injuries of the mind, body, and spirit when, in reality, we know diddly squat.

I thought that a piece on this topic would inform and help folks like me. I’d suffered long and hard from PTSD, triggered initially by the sudden death of my brother and, simultaneously, the unfortunate finding of an email that confirmed

We’re All in This Together, and That’s a Beautiful Thing

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“Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.” ~Frank Sonnenberg

Right now, I am living my life in lines.

This is not code for something philosophically abstract or profound. I am literally living my life in lines.  Lines with approximately six feet between me and the woman in colorful exercise clothes; the man in Carhart jeans, hoodie, and baseball cap; and the young mother with her rosy-cheeked toddler bobbing up and down in a seat in the cart, singing …