I recent came across this article on Philly.com and was so impressed by the subject, Jefferson surgeon Michael Weinstein, for his honesty and candor.
image: David Maialetti | Philly.com
His first person account of recovery was refreshingly real and touched on the very common reality that recovery does not always happen in a linear fashion. Sometimes, treatment can take a few go rounds...and that does not make you a failure. I applaud Dr. Weinstein's bravery in sharing his story, which has resulted in others to open up their stories to him.
image: Damon Winter | New York Times
This article reminded me of the famous New York Times article in which the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (DBT) an empirically supported treatment for individuals with suicidal ideation, Marsha Linehan revealed her own struggle with mental illness. My favorite line in the article refers to a patient asking Marsha if she had her own struggles:
“You mean, have I suffered?”
“No, Marsha,” the patient replied, in an encounter last spring. “I mean one of us. Like us. Because if you were, it would give all of us so much hope.”
Both Drs. Weinstein and Linehan's stories give an important illustration that if these people can do this, then maybe I can too. Recovery is an extraordinarily difficult thing that requires patience, belief in the ability to recover and some degree of faith that it will work. Other's stories go a long way to cultivate the necessary patience, hope and faith in the process. I hope these stories bring you any of those things.