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The Anthem of My Survival – Guest Blog Post

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The Anthem of My Survival

By Cheryl Harwood Bell

“So it was: Persistent nightmares triggered vividly disturbing thoughts,

Falling , Falling…deep into the dark abyss I was caught.

Unrelenting anguish…fear enveloped me like roaring thunder;
Inundated what was once was quiet, peaceful slumber.

Feeling utterly cast aside ~ losing heart, losing hope.
Frightening desperation ~ could not think, could not cope.

Where was the passion for living once felt?
Like ice, beneath the sun, it had begun to melt.

Glaring daylight spilled across the cold, tile floor;
But did not brighten the room anymore.

While shattered pieces of broken dreams, were scattered beneath flesh’s torn up seams.
Aching wretchedness spoke of blame, Condemnation screamed my name!

And, Then… Time…Time…Merciful,Precious Time.
Time has brought me to a different day ~~~

Time to refresh, time to reflect, to regroup, renew, and restore.
Time walks me through what was once a bolted, locked door.

And more time passes, the seasons change,
My spirit awakens, I am never the same!

Always by my side, the guardian angels,my friends and family
Helping to breathe love, the true breath of life, back into me.

Yes, the hours of my grief
Shall indeed become brief

With the singing banshee belting out the sweet & sour notes of the anthem of my survival,
Soothing my very being; this time ~ This day is my arrival!

Today is here, circling and swirling through the shadows of my light;
There is no more need for chase, no more need for fight

Deep healing continues as wellness takes hold;
I now know real laughter, pure joy – a true sight to behold!

We have only this minute to enjoy all that life holds in it ~
And this moment belongs to me! ~ ~ ~”

 

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The Importance of Hope in Recovery – Guest Blog Post

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The Importance of Hope in Recovery

by Laura Blockel

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter” reads the archway to Dante’s Inferno. I once thought of this as more of a blessing than a curse, because hope was a luxury I felt I could not afford. After receiving my diagnosis I could not imagine a future. So much effort was required just to get out of bed and function in those years that I did not have the energy to think about other possibilities.

“This won’t be forever,” promised my psychiatrist as he signed my disability papers. Though I could not yet think of what a better life would look like, his promise planted itself deep in my soul. Through the next few years, with the encouragement of friends and good professionals, hope began to grow until it finally broke ground like a fragile seedling.

Hope needs to be tended, watered and nourished. I came to Genesis Club looking for friendships, work, and a place to belong. I found out that these were guaranteed ‘rights’ in the clubhouse model of recovery. In the care of the club members and staff, my hope blossomed into real goals and for the first time in years I dreamed of a better future.

Research has shown that positive thinking and expectations promote psychological and physical well-being (Snyder, Irving, & Anderson, 1991). Hope is empowering and is recognized as one of the most important determinants of recovery (Deegan, 1988). Pat Deegan described the process of recovery as transition from despair, anguish, and pessimism to a new hope that life can be different, often born out of the presence of another person ready to provide support and care.

When we cannot believe in hope for ourselves, let us be that hope for another person. A smile, a brief conversation, or just being with someone on a difficult day can make all the difference. And in giving to another, we may just find a reward of renewed hope for ourselves.

Reprinted with permission

Dispel myths, Empower others. Share your strenth. Share your story. Write and submit a Guest Blog Post for the NAMI Massachusetts Blog. Write a personal story or an article related to a mental health issue and refrain from foul language. Please keep the submission to one page, include a brief biography of yourself and if you have your own blog you are welcome to share the link. Submission are subject to editing and submitting a post does not guarantee posting; you will be notified if accepted. Submit the guest blog post to info@namimass.org.