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Personal Stories of Recovery

In the President’s New Freedom Commission Report, the words “recovery” and “resilience” appear often. The Executive Summary states that:

Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. For some individuals, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life despite a disability. For others, recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms. Science has shown that having hope plays an integral role in an individual's recovery.

Resilience means the personal and community qualities that enable us to rebound from adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or other stresses - and to go on with life with a sense of mastery, competence, and hope. We now understand from research that resilience is fostered by a positive childhood and includes positive individual traits, such as optimism, good problem-solving skills, and treatments. Closely-knit communities and neighborhoods are also resilient, providing supports for their members.

Here, on the NAMI Web Site, we periodically offer stories of recovery and resilience, written by our members. They are offered here as insights into the process of recovery for individuals: individuals who wish to share their stories to offer hope and encouragement to others.

Today’s story is by Lisa P., who describes her struggle with her illness, her multiple roles in her family, and her involvement in NAMI consumer programs. Click here to read it.