For the past seven years, I have been discussing and encouraging critical discourse around the residual impacts of abuse and trauma on the survivor body and its connection to autoimmune disease. Engaging in a global study through one-on-one work with fellow victims, solo study of global intergenerational abuse, and my own intimate healing. To this day, my ethos remains rooted in the agonizing yet powerfully freeing act of autonomous self-belief.
I believe that the path to truly unpacking the global ancient trauma epidemic can only be found by listening to those who know the reality of this level of suffering. By encouraging sustained belief of the global survivor body, and the ways in which it holds the residual impacts of abuse and trauma throughout the course of a lifetime, the world will be invited to heal alongside them. Which is why I believe that survivors (not just white survivors) hold the key to shifting injustice on individual, communal, and global levels.
Majoring in History, I focus on studying the historical evidence of individual and community trauma. Interweaving academia into my understanding of the residual impacts that often manifest into autoimmune illness, part of my recent university works included identifying survivor-created poetry as a quasi-pidgin language that was birthed out of a need to express the complexities of embodied grief in new ways.
As an 18-year survivor of horrific incest and sex trafficking, I myself suffer from a debilitating autoimmune illness that is currently at a full flare in my body. My trauma may demand me to heal, but my privilege leaves an option for it. As a white woman, I have the choice to pursue whole body care solely because it is supported by the modern white supremacist culture.
Wellness has been designed for and directed to the white person. Yet, it is white people who perpetuate trauma through our colonization, racism, segregation, and superiority complex and then decline those we hurt access to healing. Whether through our ethnocentric ideology, the mix of state and church, or our white-centred justice system, we continue to harm without just consequence. Without providing any opportunity for those we harm to heal.
My healing journey invites me to peel back the layers of trauma and recognize how they undoubtedly intersect with racism, segregation, and genocide. In the paraphrased words of indigenous womxn, all victims may be vulnerable, but not all are targeted. My hope is to continue to use my autonomous knowledge of abuse, my individual pursuit of global research, and my opportunity to return to school to reshape and educate on the residual impacts of trauma and abuse in the ways I am able.
HOW TO SUPPORT ME:
95% of what I do now is free, but none of it comes without cost on my end. I am a full-time writer, and a full-time student, living with a debilitating autoimmune disorder. Every cent of support I receive provides me with the resources to further my studies and continue committing to the sustainability of my work. Any and all extensions of support, both free and monetary, helps move my work forward.
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"The moment I saw Skyler from across the room, my heart whispered..."There is a survivor." Not only a survivor...but thriver.
As Skyler Mechelle opened her soul to us and shared a piece of her writing..the raw, real emotion I felt could not be denied. This woman was a force to reckoned with. This woman was going to change how we spoke about and perceived trauma and abuse and grief and loss and sexuality and fluidity and love and pain.
This woman needed to be heard and seen and cherished and demanded to be. And I was able to take her all in...every word...and truly be planted into her life at the time of her abuse. And then brought back to life as she brought herself to healing.
Skyler is a miracle.
Her story is just that."
-Survivor, Master's Programme Student