Let us introduce ourselves!
Dawn Daum is co-editor of Parenting with PTSD. She spends her work week as a mental health care manager, helping others put and keep pieces of their lives together. Working in the trenches of the mental health system, and being a survivor of childhood abuse with an ACE score of 9, Dawn is passionate about bringing trauma-informed care to the forefront of mental health and medical care. Through writing and public speaking, she is working to raise awareness that parenthood has the potential to derail a persons recovery, no matter how “through it” she may feel. When she isn’t working or capturing life on paper, she’s taking advantage of life’s simple pleasures with her husband and two children in Upstate, NY.
Dawn’s work has been featured on The Establishment, Huffington Post, The Mighty, Elephant Journal and Scary Mommy
Joyelle Brandt is a feminist artist, writer, and speaker, who makes pretty things and ugly things, and finds the beauty in it all. She is the author/illustrator of the children’s book Princess Monsters from A to Z, and co-editor of the Parenting with PTSD, a groundbreaking collection of writing by parents who are survivors of childhood abuse. Joyelle believes that her purpose in life is to be a beacon of light, and that the three most important things are love, kindness and gratitude. When she is not busy raising two rambunctious boys, she is most often found playing her guitar or covered in paint at her art desk.