The Gift and Burden of Post-encephalitis

© 2000 Michele Toomey, PhD


June 14, 2000

Obvious but not simple. Known but not easy to let in. Extremely hard but deeply appreciated.

The question is how to daily sustain hope and energy and gratitude in the face of unpredictable set-backs and continual reminders of the body's price of functioning and the spirit's burden of hope.

Perhaps hope is actually the real burden. "Where then is the hope?" It's not in the medical profession, it's not in a full recovery, it's not in pretending, it's not in knowing what we can't ever know. "Where then is the hope?" In the indomitable spirit that has the power to become intimately connected to integrity and its potential for inspiration and gift.

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