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Does Somatic Experiencing (SE) Work? SE Practices For Healing: Monica LeSage (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Monica LeSage’s talk titled “Does Somatic Experiencing (SE) Work? SE Practices For Healing” at TEDxWilmingtonWomen conference.

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The Accident in Philadelphia

In October of 2007, I was feeling pretty good about things. I had just finished rock climbing at the nation’s second tallest rock climbing gym. And as I drove down these narrow roads to go meet up with some of my co-workers while I was on this business trip, there was a problem.

The roads are so narrow in Philadelphia because it is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., I didn’t see that the stoplight that was at my intersection was red. I saw the light ahead. It was green, so I was in the middle of the intersection when a taxi came from the other side. As that taxi hit me, my car rolled one and a half times, struck a street light, spun around the other way.

It took firemen a little while to get me out of the car, and at the moment I was like, “I’m okay,” or so I thought. But because of the nature of the accident, they took me to the hospital and they worked me up as a full trauma.

So what that meant was there were four people that were cutting off my clothes, stripping me, poking me to draw blood, and this whole time I was listening to the same thing happening to the girl that was in the back seat of the taxi. That’s when the shaking began for me.

And because they were concerned that the reason I was in that intersection is because I was inebriated, they wouldn’t give me any medication. So while we waited for the blood work to come back, I laid there shaking, cold, alone, not knowing anyone, because at the time I lived in California, which is a state on the other side of the country.

Six months later, when I would say to my physical therapist, “I am so glad I didn’t know that this was going to hurt for six months,” because I don’t know how I would have made it through the last six months if I would have known it was going to take this long.

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