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Eye of the Tiger (How Survivors of Trauma Fight to Survive)

By Karen Robinson

July 16, 2022

Heal Thrive Dream 

“Rising up, straight to the top 

Had the guts, got the glory

Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop

Just a man and his will to survive”

Except from “Eye of the Tiger” released May 29, 1982 by Survivor, Genesis Records

It is day 16 of the UBC (Ultimate Blog Challenge)! The challenge has proven what I already know about myself, I need structure and timelines in order to follow through. This doesn’t seem to matter if I enjoy an activity or not! It helps me be more focused and consistent. 

Today’s prompt was to pick a line or quote from a song lyrics that gets stuck in your head or a motto/creed to live by. My selected lyrics meet both criteria for me! I think I subconsciously selected this song as today is the 30th year celebration of graduating from Fort Fairfield High School in 1992. Where has the time gone? Do you have a favorite song from high school? If so, please share it in the comments for the rest of us to enjoy!

“Eye of the Tiger” was our theme song and I loved attending or playing sports while our song boomed! My other favorite song frequently played was “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Wonderful memories!

I want to keep this post light hearted today as the songs are fun and I’m already bummed that I’m not able to get to my reunion’s party tonight. I love my classmates as they are cool peeps and many of us have kept in touch over the years.

So, going back to “fighting to survive,” trauma survivors are incredibly resilient but the fight to recover and heal can be exhausting! I’m well aware of this from being a survivor but also working in trauma recovery for the past 24+ years.

Survivors often believe that they must fight and struggle. It is easy to guess why we might feel that way. Maybe there is a better way. In fact, I’m confident there are many ways to stop the struggle, accept our past, heal, and then move on. Not easy but doable!  

Here are tips on “rising up” post trauma:

  • Get professional help - from someone like moi
  • Don’t claim the shame that doesn’t belong to you! If belongs to the abuser
  • Attend treatment for your addictions (drugs, alcohol, food, porn, gambling, etc.)
  • Practice self-care (movement, hydration, nutrition, plenty of sleep)
  • Spiritual practices (prayer, bible study, meditation, time in your garden, etc.)
  • Recite daily affirmations “I am enough” and “I am abundant in every way”
  • Journaling see my article on Medium: 


Our company sells journals on shopify(digital) and Amazon (soft and hard cover). 

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My favorite journal on Amazon: 

Just Breathe, Just Be

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Please consider leaving a comment below, purchase a journal, or simply wish the class of 1992 more prosperity, good health and joy!

Karen Robinson

About the author

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Virginia. I recently started a new company with my daughters called Healthrivedream.com. My daughters will help design products geared towards healing while I will be offering coaching and counseling services.
I earned both my Bachelor’s (1996) and Master’s (1998) in Social Work at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. I have served in Community Mental Health in Washington, DC; as a school social worker; adoption services (primarily home studies); personal therapist, and a Federal Government Social Worker (16 years).
My full career experience can be found on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/karen-robinson-1277a22b

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