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December

Henry : November 30, 2012 2:22 pm
December’s blog

December is known as the month for giving but giving is the secret of your recovery. I really like this quote from Dr. W. Beran Wolfe, M.D. who was as psychiatrist in the 1930’s before the medication invasion.

“People are unhappy because they look inward instead of outward. They think too much about themselves instead of the things outside themselves. They worry too much about what they lack-about circumstances they cannot change-about things they feel they have or must be before they can lead full and satisfying lives.

But happiness is not in having or being; it is in doing…Choose a movement that presents a distinct trend toward greater human happiness and align yourself with it. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow men.”

Although you feel that it is all you can do to handle your own issues, I ask you to consider reaching out. I challenge you to make the effort.

Here are some basic guidelines by Mirabai Bush as found in the book Compassion in Action.

“…the basic guidelines:

  1. Be brave
  2. Start small
  3. Use what you’ve got
  4. Do something you enjoy
  5. Don’t over-commit

Find a cause you can believe in. Maybe, as a contributor to this website or doing something else that fits the guidelines. You may want to start local. You will find that giving will make a new person out of you. Giving resources, your time, your abilities or your encouragement to someone else.

This blog and what I am trying to share with you is perhaps the greatest gift I can give to you. I know the principles work because I have tried them firsthand. Getting started may be your biggest effort.
Often times, we wait until we feel like doing things before we will even take the first steps. I urge you to step out before you have the good feelings and I assure you that you will discover the best feelings and giant steps toward your recovery will follow.
Let me know when you have tried these things and the results.
The greatest gift you can give anyone is yourself.
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Cured of Alzheimer’s-

My Personal Horror Story

Have you heard of someone who has been cured of Alzheimer’s before?
Back in the mid 90’s, I was seeing a certain local psychiatrist for my bipolar treatment. He put me on a new med called Navane. But instead of getting better, I got worse.

But then, he was the doctor and doctors always know best (NOT). So, I watched myself descend into a state of symptoms like an Alzheimer’s patient would have and that was indeed my new diagnosis.

I was forced out of my housing by the Adult Protective Agency and put into a board and care home for people who had lost it all. I certainly had lost it all both mentally and physically. I gained weight up to 300# and didn’t know up from down.

I shared a very small room with another inmate who had his TV blaring sports programs all day long. He was blind but I guess the noise helped him. It certainly did not help me but then again, I was so out of it that I didn’t complain.

My church people gave up on me. I heard them whisper “He’s too far gone”.
My family was estranged and I was without anyone to care with the exception of an elderly lady who had been my next door neighbor in my previous apartment. She came regularly to talk and take me for a walk. She literally was my life-saver.

All my belonging were down to one box. I had lost everything else that was dear to me. For two years, I went to the Alzheimer’s daycare center to be babysat. And thus was a time filled with lying in bed most of the time and having no life at all.

At the end of two years, I got a different psychiatrist and was put on different meds. Low and behold, I was cured of Alzheimer’s. Gradually, I was able to move out to my own apartment which I had to share with a less than adequate roommate. Later, I was able to live on my own in a small duplex and gradually began to develop a life for myself. (The psychiatrist has been and is still practicing locally). Which I often regret when I think of what he is doing to others like me.

In 2002, I started a peer self help group to help others like me. I called it Mind Menders and it went for almost ten years. In 2006, I got the charter for DBSAlliance.org and began to develop and begin my road to recovery.

The whole story is too much to write here but if you are interested, email me for
more.

So, if you think I can’t understand what some of you are going through, think again. it has been a very rocky road and I am the only person I know who was ever cured of having Alzheimer’s.

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Welcome to our new site

Henry : October 7, 2012 10:02 pm

Pathways to Exceptional Living

…was created with you in mind.  Our site is interactive and invites your participation. We represent many years of combined experience in the mental health “Recovery and Empowerment” movement.  You do not have to have a clinical diagnosis.  It matters not to us.  We want to get to know you and not a diagnosis.  We want to be able to call each other by names and not by some ID card or number.  You are the purpose of the group and we hope you will participate fully.

Feel free to let us know what features are helpful or harmful.  This is your group.  It will become what all of us decide we want out of it.

We believe that every person is a person of value and worth.  Everyone has a story and we would like to hear yours as you become comfortable enough to share it with us.

This site is not clinical.  We do not diagnose or label anyone.  You are accepted for who you are and not what you have or have not done in life.  Begin now a brand new beginning and find resources and encouragement on this site.

Our members are from around the world and we welcome everyone to find resources here.  We also ask that you send in your relevant statements and comments.  You may post your favorite quotations on the Quotations page.  You might want to share your original poetry on the Poetry page.  If you love art.  Creative Expressions is for you.  If you have music put it on youtube and we will post it for you when able.

We do have reasonable boundaries.  Some people are easily triggered by past experiences and may even have PTSD.  Try to be considerate.  We will post only clean wholesome items.  Cursing, Flaming, hateful or hurting comments will be deleted.

You are welcome here no matter where you are on life’s journey.  Come and share with your new friends.  Our group is made up of individuals from all around the world.  Learn new cultures and new tools in successful living.

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