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The Book

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I arrived home a couple of weeks ago and it had been one of those days. To say the least, I was more than a little down. So, I did what I always do when I need a boost. I reached for The Book. Actually, it’s called The Recovery Book. It contains hundreds of letters, cards and stories of good news. Each page details a victory for a patient, a thank-you from a mother, a hand-drawn picture and even poetry from those who have shown me what hope is about. 

Borderline Personality Disorder means having to live with intense mood swings and so much uncertainty…uncertainty towards your own self image, uncertainty with your relationship with others.

I don’t sugar coat recovery with my patients. Before we begin our journey together, I warn them that this will be work, hard work. I am so excited when someone takes on this difficult task and, within a few months, takes back their life. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me. Sadly, the hard work is not embraced by others and the outcome can be heartbreaking. This is where The Recovery Book comes in to play for me. When I need to pull it down from the shelf, the pages tell stories of lives changed for the better.

As I share some of the pages with you, keep in mind, each page represents a life. How can that not humble you? How can that not make a bad day just melt away. 

I would also like to share with you the stories of just two of these incredible people, Marcia and Jason. They did the hard work and today they are filled with new hope. That is the type of hope that shines light in what were once dark corners. That is the hope that is in the pages of my Recovery Book. That is the hope that reminds me why I do what I do. 

Where do you find your hope? 

~ Gwenne Woodward

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