Discovering the beauty of life post PTSD

In this week’s episode, I am delighted to welcome fellow survivor and mental health advocate Madeline Popelka to the podcast who joins me from the Bay Area in California, United States.

Madeline, is a writer, trauma survivor, and mental health, and LGBTQ+ advocate. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she grew up in an Asian American household where mental health was never discussed. As a daughter of a refugee, intergenerational trauma runs through her family, and she struggled with her mental health her entire life. She thought that she was broken and damaged beyond repair, and she suffered in isolation. In her twenties, she started to experience PTSD symptoms and she didn’t know the first step in getting help.

Nobody taught her how to heal, and she knew she wasn’t alone. As she began learning life lessons along my healing journey, she felt the urge to share her insights so other sufferers wouldn’t feel so isolated. In February 2020, she created a space for other trauma survivors, @HealingFromPTSD, which quickly became the largest trauma healing community on Instagram.

Through healing, Madeline discovered and reconnected with parts of herself, and she cultivated a sense of internal peace and freedom that she never experienced before. Now, she is on a mission to help others do the same.

Her first book, You’re Going to Be Okay, was released in September 2022.

It has been my pleasure to have Madeline join me, and I know, my listeners, that you will enjoy the episode.

Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey.

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About The Host

Marlene McConnell

Marlene McConnell is an author, podcast host, self-love teacher and trauma survivor. She believes that trauma recovery is accessible to everyone, and that it starts with the acknowledgement that something has happened to you combined with a willingness to heal. McConnell’s book and podcast was inspired by the realization that she touched many lives by sharing her story at a support group. Her message of hope not only resonated with the survivors, but also with the family members and friends who supported them at the group sessions. Marlene is also an attorney who holds B.Proc, LLB and LLM law degrees. She loves travel, Pilates, nature, learning new languages, and good food.