The ACE score is the number of ten possible adverse experiences one may have had by the age of 18. Science now tells us that what happens in childhood is strongly related to our physical, mental, social and spiritual states as adults.

While the number of your ACEs won’t change, the impact they may have on your life can change. You see, an ACE score is only part of the picture. Resiliency (the ability to bounce back) is also very important when looking at adversity. For instance, if you had a lot of ACEs growing up, having just one positive relationship could provide you with the resiliency to lessen their impact.

If you answered “yes” to any of the ACE questions, did you also have experiences that made you resilient? How do you think these experiences (both positive and negative) affect your life now?

If you can trace trauma as a source to your current life challenges, please know that healing is possible, regardless of how long ago the trauma happened. You can also build resiliency by developing trusting relationships, having a positive attitude, and being aware of your feelings/instincts to better take care of yourself.

Make time to reflect about your past and seek healing as needed… your health depends on it!

“Build Resilience/Adverse Childhood Experiences, Buncombe County ACEs Connection Group http://buncombeaces.org/build-resilience/ Trama informed without empathy is empty.