Transforming The Way We Heal After Tragedy

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12 seconds changed her life. Elena Breese’s husband was running the Boston Marathon in 2013 when the first of two bombs exploded.

“I was standing in the bleachers right across the street from where the bombs went off,” Breese says. “I have to say, it was a beautiful day in Boston. Sunny, warm, the city was alive. It was celebratory.” And then, “the worst of humanity took over right before my eyes. I have a front row seat to the terror that day.”

It has been a long, painful road to healing since that day.

“It all happened so fast it’s hard to slow down those moments in my mind. It’s like being faced with hell. Seeing the suffering happening right in front of me.”

Breese hadn’t spoken about the marathon for years. Until she decided to sit down and share her story on this podcast. Now she hopes to share the things she has learned while working to make herself whole again.

After the bombing, Breese suffered from debilitating anxiety and stress. Doctors told her she had PTSD. She ended up checking herself into a hospital where she spent six days, and according to Breese, left sicker than when she went in.

It motivated her to advocate for herself.

In this episode, Breese shares the steps she took on her journey back from a very dark time and she explains how each one of them helped her heal:

  1. Naturopathic Medicine
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Float therapy
  4. Hypnotherapy
  5. EMDR – eye movement therapy

Breese also talks about how she cut caffeine and alcohol out of her life.

“Healing hurts. And it takes a lot of time and it takes willing to be gentle with yourself and listen to yourself and go through your emotions. And it’s a process. It takes a lot of fight and a willingness to feel uncomfortable and a lot of faith,” Breese says. “You have to be willing to heal. You have to be willing to go on this journey. Put one foot in front of the other. Wake up, get out of bed, get dressed and breathe.”

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Links mentioned in this episode:

Dr. Kristine Wallace, NMD –
Natalie McGovern, Hypnotherapist-
Insight Timer Meditation App –