Beautiful Trauma

Trauma can either make or break you

Georgiana is a fun, bubbly, creative writer living in Wellington surrounded by her supportive Urban Vision community family.


Adopted from Romania in 1990, rejected by her adoptive family, diagnosed with SLE Lupus undergoing severe treatment. Suffered a stroke at 22. This is her journey of trying to figure out her belonging from a broken upbringing.


When I tell people my story, I'm always told that I have a lot of resilience, but i've never understood what it means. According to the Oxford dictionary resilience means “The capacity to recover from trauma”. My life has been full of events that will challenge many and hopefully provide you with a whole new meaning to the definition of resilience.


“(The pain of adoption) is something that can lie dormant most of one’s life if it erupts in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood and is dismissed as neurotic behaviour or normal rebellion, it can subside into numbness. But it can stir malignantly in some adoptees all their lives, making them detached, floating, unable to love or to trust…. (Adoption) has got to be understood.” - Betty Jean Lifton.

Gigi's Moments

April 13, 2020

I had just started the mammoth task of writing my autobiography My Beautiful Trauma. I had suffered a lonely and abusive childhood, and writing about it was as traumatic. I started experiencing nightmares, flashbacks as though the abuse was happening to me all over aga...

February 27, 2020

An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. 

I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) at 12 years old.  Aged 25 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, that is a chronic pain autoimmune disease.One of the main...

November 4, 2019

Learning comes about not from doing, but from thinking about what we do.”-Unknown

I have been part of a Christian family, Urban Vision. One of the practices that I have learned is how life-giving self-reflection can be. Processing on my actions and experiences teaches m...

Mental Health Awareness week NZ is upon us, 7th–13th October.

“My advice to anyone with mental health difficulty is: honesty within yourself and those around you is very important when you are engaging in life changes or transitions.” -Shawn Maxam,


September 29, 2019

Since being diagnosed with SLE Lupus aged 12, I have had so many doctors come and go, some have been awesome, and others, not so much.

I remember one doctor would not listen to my symptoms. I had to do my own research about the illness, I was too young to understand it’...

September 9, 2019

I suffered a stroke in 2012, and it changed my life. In the early stages of the brain healing I suffered extreme fatigue and the use of my left side. I had to learn how to walk again, and I tried to  get the use of my left arm back.

  • I have feeling and some movement...

August 28, 2019

I know, I gush about Annie, my kitten, but she is the best girl ever! I can talk to her, play and cuddle, and as I have said in other posts she has enabled me to recover from a NFD seizure. She has the funniest little personality, that keeps me laughing at the things s...

August 20, 2019

This is a raw and honest take on what chronic illness means and what it’s like to live a life with chronic illness


This is just what you’re like now”

the doctor says with a furrowed brow

as if dizziness, nausea, searing pain

were just an inconvenient stain 

“This i...

August 13, 2019

          "Flowers grow back even after

             the harshest winters.

                    You will too." 

              -Jennae Cecelia


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