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Personal Story of Recovery

Sue Brammer,Ph.D., RN


When I was thinking about recovery and how it has impacted my nursing practice, I came across a definition attributed to William Anthony (1993) from the Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. There is a line in that definition that really spoke to me: “It [recovery] is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by the illness.” Now in my 50s, I have been battling mental illness all of my adult life. There have been many limitations posed by my illness, but despite those, I have managed to carve out a successful career, enjoy a happy marriage, and raise two healthy children. It has only been recently, however, that I have considered myself in recovery.

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Contributed on 9/5/2012

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