I was a gymnast as a kid, a very good one too. Then one day my achilles tendon snapped. It was a terrible injury and it left a terrible scar, a protruding lump I still have today.
When it hurt more and was closer to the end of kid-me’s dreams of being a famous gymnast, I felt the pain of that daily. I hated and resented what I thought was a huge lump (it’s still pretty big) on the back of my ankle. It was reminder that something I loved had ended—abruptly, painfully and against my wishes.
While my sports injury is a world away from the kind of hurt I have seen in my years of social work and counseling, the scar on my ankle got me thinking lately about the difference between wounds and scars, the pain in between and the difficulties beyond.
I recently published part of the trauma section from my book. You might find the trauma post helpful.
Cherilynn Veland, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and coach based in Chicago. She has been helping individuals, couples and families for more than 20 years. She is author of Stop Giving It Away, which is on sale now at Barnes & Noble.
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