Thursday, September 18, 2008

Recovery quote

I came across this paragraph yesterday as I was reading the book My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. It's a memoir about a brain scientist who suffered a stroke and how she recovered. I have a lot more to say about her and her own thoughts on recovery. Although recovery from a brain trauma is vastly different from an eating disorder, I think there are some similarities. I'll post in more elaboration later.

Here's a paragraph about the importance of continuing to try:

"Most important I had to be willing to try. The try is everything. The try is me saying to my brain, hey, I value this connection and I want it to happen. I may have to try, try, and try again with no results for a thousand times before I get even an inkling of a result, but if I don't try, it may never happen."


Anonymous said...

you are so right--keep trying!! mrs b

Gaining Back My Life said...

Just what I needed to read this evening. Today, I tried and I made it through the day.

I hope you continue to try, to push, and to fight as well.

Anon mom said...

This is a great mantra, emotionally and neurologically. The reminder to practice creating and maintaining those "good" grooves of thought and behavior in our brains.

G.R.M. said...

Hey, i just found your blog. I really like this post and printed it out and put it on my mirror. It is just what i needed today! Thanks, keep posting. And good luck. You can do it!

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Tiptoe said...

Thanks for all your comments.
Mrs b, I will continue on, even in those quiet moments of desperation.

Gaining, I hope you too will continue to fight through your own process of recovery. You have more spirit than you credit yourself with.

Anon mom, you are right that it's good to sustain the positive thoughts in our brains to help ourselves in recovery and beyond. This book is such a good example of that. Very inspiring.

G.r.m., glad to be of help ;-) I hope you're doing okay. I read your blog, and you do indeed have a lot going on. Hang in there with everything.