Healing from Toxic Family Circumstances… A PTSDchat Talk Radio Interview with Kate Gillie and Steve Sparks

by | Jul 15, 2016


Reconciliation: A Son’s Story by Steve Sparks, published November, 2011 by Signalman Publishing… Learn about a post WWII and Korean War Navy military family’s struggle in life after war…

PTSDchat Talk Radio with Kate Gillie and Steve Sparks on July 13, 2016...click highlighted text for podcast…

It is always fun and healing to have a conversation with Kate Gillie, PTSDchat.org.  I wasn’t planning to be on the radio show this week, but when reading Kate’s blog post, PTSDchat Toxic Relationships, I was moved to write a blog post to complement Kate.  Then, when finding out Kate was by herself last night, I jumped at the opportunity to poke my nose in on the radio show.  I love getting my good 2-cents in on a conversation I care about deeply.  Although the topic can be troublesome and trigger-some for those of us who live with these toxic family circumstances that caused trauma in our lives, talking with others who have suffered and survived is a most healing therapy…and we thrive this way.

Since publishing my first book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story in 2011 my journey of healing has come along way, a very long way.  Getting rid of post trauma stress symptoms completely is probably not realistic for most, but we learn along the way how to mitigate our feelings by practicing alternative treatment therapies to help us live in the moment with feet firmly on the ground.  If I had not found a way to heal by using a gift of writing and God given creative talents, it would have been a much tougher road ahead, now 6 years later looking back with grateful enthusiasm…a peace of mind most appreciated in these later years in life.

I recommend my dear friends and followers listen to the podcast.  If you are curious to learn more about my family, I write with a passion, and thoughtful authenticity in my book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story.  Download the e-book version or order the paperback edition to keep on your bookshelf for friends and family who desire to learn about healing from traumatic events in life.

My very best wishes to all…

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1& 2…  Click the highlighted text for my author page to order books and other stuff from Amazon.


Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Child Advocate, and member, Lincoln County Oregon Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHAC)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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