Have you ever experienced a traumatic event that affected you for the rest of your life? I have, and I think about it often. Even at LARPs (live action role playing games), I am occasionally reminded of a past traumatic incident.

Several years ago, I was in a car accident. I was a passenger in a car that hit a concrete wall at 60 miles per hour. I live with back pain every day and will have to do so for the rest of my life. This affects how I LARP, what types of characters I play, and how often I play them. It also creates situations in which I am triggered – by that I mean I am immediately reminded of the car accident. This produces a state of anxiety which is common among those who experience triggers. I was diagnosed and treated for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and find that LARP has helped me become stronger than my fear and anxiety. Read the full article at Examiner.com