Poems of a Recovery Journey
As a rehab patient, I found a spiral notebook and kept a journal of my feelings and experiences during this totally unexpected set of circumstances. I wrote these three poems to share encouragement with anyone who needs it.
Survivor Kat Stevens-Bradley masters Jenga!
I am a stroke survivor since May 4, 2013. I had great care and rehab, and feel so lucky my recovery was wonderful. As a rehab patient, I found a spiral notebook and kept a journal of my feelings and experiences during this totally unexpected set of circumstances. I wrote these three poems in the acrostic style to share encouragement with anyone who needs it. In this use of the acrostic style, the first letter of each line is the first letter of a word.
KAT STEVENS-BRADLEY | Survivor
Columbia, South Carolina
Signals from a quiet part of my body awakened me —
Transforming me fearfully at first, then profoundly in spirit…
Rearranging my priorities into a rightful order.
Over time, my moments had become frenetically packed,
Keeping me preoccupied – blocked – from Mother Earth’s simple blessings.
Each sunrise now reminds…slow myself … dip deeply, gently, into her sensory delights.
Reinventing my old life into the new…is a miracle I can participate in,
Examining unhealthy attitudes, habits that have become hardwired.
Sadness of losing familiar ways wells up…
Until I stop – admit – those ways often worked against me.
Realization: this is a rare event, and should be welcomed!
Rough times hone me, like sandpaper on the oak board.
Every challenge offers the work, but also the reward…
Courage, though, is needed to make these changes.
Teach myself that this is an opportunity, not a demotion.
I am ready to see with new eyes, live new possibilities.
Of all the directions my life would take, I had never predicted this one.
Now, I rise gladly to meet the occasion.
Hope is administered in large doses as you tend.
Each day, your eyes and hands encourage me…
Always ready with a new idea, technique, or exercise to help.
Love for me, for humanity, is shown in the gentleness of your caring.
Every laugh and tear shared together is part of your wellness elixir.
Recovery – and my new life – are possible, as you answer your Calling.