Awarding a Nobel Prize for Recovery

In September 2015 I ended my job as the Health Guide for a mental health website.

While I had been there easily over 9 years ago I wrote in a news article that there should be some kind of Nobel Prize given out for people living in recovery.

At that time the editorial team of the website posted this gem of advice:

“The only real failure is the failure to try.”

I think they might have stolen that from something I wrote.

How audacious it was to tell people diagnosed with schizophrenia this.

I riffed on this premise in a news article there.

I wrote that trying can be as simple as getting out of bed.

Or cooking yourself a meal. Or taking a shower.

That’s when I lauded the courage it takes readers living in recovery to set goals and to try to reach them.

In a world where outsiders and haters to this day persist in claiming that no one can recover.

I would like to start a carnival of blog entries here on the topic of recovery.

It’s more imperative than ever in the time of living through this pandemic to support those of us who are in recovery.

For some of us every day is a struggle. For others the war has been won.

In the spirit of spreading joy, love, peace, and understanding I will talk in coming blog entries about the beauty and benefit of choosing recovery as a life goal to shoot for.

And remember: you do not have to be in remission to recover.

Author: Christina Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the new book Working Assets: A Career Guide for Peers. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health.

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