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Subject: A question

Susan Pola
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Date Posted: 03:06:14 03/01/03 Sat

Dear Patsy,
It’s great to see that you are getting some valuable publicity – I am sure that will lead to more work for you and wider recognition. I hope it goes very well for you and your goals are achieved.

I have a question, it’s a practical question, but it may be considered a little personal. I will leave it totally up to your discretion as to whether or how you reply given that the message board may not be appropriate for yourself

I come from a similar childhood background as yourself. The main legacy I have from that is the inability to sleep well after many growing up years of forcing myself to stay awake. I remember though the interviews that you had done you mentioned a similar state of insomnia. I get the impression from one of your notes to the message board about your day-to-day life this is something you have perhaps made some inroads on. I was wondering if you had any sleeping tips or websites/books that have worked for you.

Please don’t say “get a regular bedtime” however because I work two jobs (full time secretary, part time sales) and get home quite late at night several nights a week. I have tried all the usual methods, warm milk, relaxing music, and not much helps. Because it isn’t the “usual” sleeping problems I don’t find the books I have managed to find all that helpful I call myself a binge sleeper, I go for nights with only 3-5 hours (work full days on that) and then sleep 12 hours on the weekend. Any advice you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated.

I applaud you on your obvious success at overcoming such difficult challenges. Over the years I have taken strength from your story and your willingness to share your experiences. Please be very proud of your obvious personal achievements and I wish you every success in the future.

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[> Subject: Re: A question about childhood trauma induced insomnia

Patsy Pease
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Date Posted: 15:15:53 03/03/03 Mon

>Dear Susan,
I guess there's no same "for sure" cure for any 2 people. I can only tell you what worked for me. I worked with one therapist and one Psychiatrist for 14 years. We found a formula that works for me. I don't know what will work for you.
First, before I lay down , I ask God to help me lie down on a pillow of faith and not a pillow of fear. I ask for guidance in letting go of any anxiety the day might have brought up. I ask that God help me do what I've not been able to do alone:
Forgive the past and let it go.
Free me from blaming others for anything.
Work out in my dreams the direction I may be of most service.
I hope this helps someone out there. Love, Patsy
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Date Posted: 19:10:37 03/04/03 Tue

Hi Patsy,

The more I come here and read your words, the more of a fan I become. You have shown such compassion and love. You are truly a phenomenal person.

If what they say is true, that what goes around comes around, then you are due many, many blessings!

Much love and adoration,


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