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Christine: Life and this and that

Posted on by Christine Pattillo

multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, iamWE

When we give presentations, we often include the below sheet with our handouts. We mention the five different categories that fall under D.I.D, but that we are only going to focus on #3.

Little did I know that my husband would fall under #5- Unspecified Dissociative Disorder. His ability to stay in reality is really coming to the surface during the intense counseling he is just beginning to do with Mariana. (Our therapist for over 25 years.) It’s a good reminder for me, to take the time to learn more about the other conditions related to D.I.D. We’ve brought a lot of awareness toward the multiple personality disorder version of D.I.D, but there are many others with D.I.D. that do not share their lives with Alters. Dissociation can take on many forms. It reminds me of a saying that Mariana has stated time and time again, through the years, “You and Christopher found each other for a reason.” For me, Christopher always saw the sunny side of the street and he never looked deeper. That’s exactly what Rim and I wanted and needed. Someone that could love us and was dissociated enough themselves that they overlooked all the quirks and nuances, that presented themselves by us having D.I.D. Life was always good with him and we never told him otherwise. Now we’re (The Gang and I) are out in the open and quite able to use our words to express when life is not good.  For Christopher, though, he’s having to find his own emotional awareness and no longer detach. It’s been challenging for him and for those of us that share our lives with our darling “whirling dervish” called Christopher.

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Picture copied from google search by Andre Roberts.

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Alter SHE: Pinterest/Artwork

Posted on by Christine Pattillo

multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, iamWE

Hey it’s Alter SHE posting some more artwork from Pinterest. Again, some of these were not designed to represent D.I.D, but they resonated with me so I included them. Take care.

WOW! Confuse the Spirit (Final Degree Work) by Abbey Watkins, via Behance:

This last one doesn’t relate to D.I.D or M.P.D specifically, but there were a couple of things that attracted me to this piece of art…. (You’d have to know me to appreciate my humor!)

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Alter SHE: Awkward

Posted on by Christine Pattillo

multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, iamWE

When Christine and Christopher have a spat, it sucks. It seems that there has been a continuous tension between the two of them all year. Their marriage isn’t on the rocks, it’s just the deep deep work they are both doing as a couple and individually. However, for those of us in the cross-hairs, it sucks. We can’t go very far. We can’t shut them out or totally filter out the icky emotions that Christine emits. I’m not sharing this to get a “poor SHE” response and I don’t need to call the wambulance. It’s just a perspective that I don’t know we’ve shared about and after this evening’s snark with one another, and Alter Cyndi waking up from sleep crying that “Ita is a no no.” Meaning Cita (Christine) if feeling sad. And Alter Chrissy asking if she could sleep with me. I thought it was a good blog to write.

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Alter Q: GroWashington

Posted on by Christine Pattillo

multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, iamWE

Hi this is Alter Q. I have talked about the possibility of pulling out of GroWashington for the past year. Between Christine and I, we have gone round and round. However, this year has been particularly difficult for Christine, which adds difficulty to all of us. When I run my business, I want quick response time, follow-thru on scheduled worked days, deadlines and quick turn around on custom orders. I want to update my business facebook page weekly and rotate my stock from store to store, at least once a month. This had not been happening, since I guess, maybe last October. So last week, I pulled all my items and Christine’s book from the store and made it official. I was with Gro for over 5 years and it was sad to snip the cord. However, I do know that at least for now, I’d  be welcomed back at anytime and that I will continue to keep in-touch with many special friends that I/we have made. Still have items at Wild Birds and will still be doing custom orders.

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Christine: Mother’s Day Project

Posted on by Christine Pattillo

multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, iamWE

Alter Chrissy helped me on a project for Mother’s day. That’s my Mom, Sharon, above holding the finished product. The gleaming lights are tiny little flamingo lights. Below Chrissy tells you more about our creation.

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Alter Tristan: Smeagol

Posted on by Christine Pattillo

multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, iamWE

The other day we were watching one of the Lord of the Rings movies, as they seem to be on T.V. at least once a week. It never dawned on me before but Smeagol, the lovely creature in the below picture, has D.I.D. Yet again, another realistic version of what people with dissociative identity disorder are really like. Does kind of look like Alter SHE though.

Gollum in Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Oh here’s another one: Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

Dressed to Kill:

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And of course the most recent movie we’ve vented about before, Split

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Who knew SHE, Rim, Q, Christine, Chrissy, Cyndi and I were so spoooooky and evil?

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Alter Q: Speaking Event

Posted on by Christine Pattillo

multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, iamWE

Hi it is Alter Q. I just wanted share that this coming Monday, I will be speaking at Mill Creek Christian Women’s Connection’s May Luncheon. There will be about 30 people and I will have about 20 minutes. I will be sharing about GroWashington and the impact it had on my life/our lives. I’m excited, though I have yet to put together my presentation. I really just need to confirm some historical facts for Gro and rest will just flow organically. Hardest part for me is to not chatty chatty and go over time limit!!!!!!  (The Quiet one???? Who me…. : )

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