This piece is named after Nakita Valerio who is 31 years old. She is a mother; holds a Masters in History and Islamic-Jewish studies; is a Research Fellowship on anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred; is Self-Employed in Editing/Content Development at the Drawing Board Canada; is a Community Organizer building intercultural relationships and a Public Speaker on anti-racism work (VP of External Affairs with AMPAC).
Her Mental Illness: PTSD & C-PTSD
Triggers: Multiple childhood traumas and birth trauma with her first born.
Hurdles due to PTSD & C-PTSD: Rage, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety and previously low self-esteem.
Advice you would give to someone dealing with the same mental illness as you: Stay longer. You might be in the undertow today but tomorrow you could bob up and see the horizon, and the day after you could get to the shore. It’s ok to not be ok. It’s ok to be back out in the undertow one day, even if you have been on the shore for months. Recognize that you have suffered trauma that has injured your nervous system and your automatic responses are now your body’s way of trying to keep you safe. You are resilient. You are still here. See how incredible you are, according to your own development. Rigidly curate your life spaces so that you feel safe. Do what you have to do just to stay a little longer.
Interesting things about Nakita: She used to be a jazz musician, is trained in classical piano, and also as muralist (painter). She is currently transforming her Masters and fellowship research into a graphic novel woven with her personal narratives of travels to Morocco and converting to Islam.
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