Healing into Possibility: The Transformational Lessons of a Stroke

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Alison Bonds Shapiro suffered two debilitating and nearly fatal strokes in her fifties. Healing into Possibility chronicles her experience of learning, through trial and error, that her attitude would play the most important role in her remarkable recovery. In this touching book, Shapiro teaches simple principles that anyone can use when faced with illness, injury, or any other seemingly insurmountable problem to transform despair into hope and dead ends into possibilities.

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Healing into Possibility: The Transformation Lessons of a Stroke

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Overview

Alison Bonds Shapiro suffered two debilitating and nearly fatal strokes in her fifties. Healing into Possibility chronicles her experience of learning, through trial and error, that her attitude would play the most important role in her remarkable recovery. In this touching book, Shapiro teaches simple principles that anyone can use when faced with illness, injury, or any other seemingly insurmountable problem to transform despair into hope and dead ends into possibilities.

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“A night-light for times of darkness and loss, enabling us each to find our own way home to our wholeness and the rest of our lives.”
— Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

“Should be required reading for everyone who has had a brain injury. It will serve as a great help to caregivers as well. And it could be an inspiring source of support for anyone on a feasible but unpredictable path of recovery for whom the principal ingredients for sustaining their diligence are tenacity and true grit.”
— Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

“Reading this book is like being with a friend who is warm, wise, gentle, and powerfully insightful — an articulate and really interesting friend who can share with you profound healing opportunities that can come with unexpected catastrophe.”
— Martin Rossman, MD, founder, TheHealingMind.org, and author of Guided Imagery for Self-Healing

“From ancient times, there have been people called ‘wounded healers’ who use their own experience with illness to heal others. Alison Bonds Shapiro is one of the outstanding wounded healers of our time, and her superb book offers healing lessons for us all.”
— Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, professor, University of California Medical School, and author of Essential Spirituality

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932073249
  • Publisher: Kramer, H. J., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Alison Bonds Shapiro works with stroke survivors and their families at an HMO in Northern California. She also serves as an advisor to a small nonprofit dedicated to stroke survivors. She lives in Mill Valley, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword James S. Gordon, MD xiii

A Story of Transformation xvii

Part 1 Showing Up

Chapter 1 Strokes Happen 3

Chapter 2 A Lifelong Dream 11

Chapter 3 Taking Responsibility 23

Chapter 4 Affecting Your Own Life 31

Chapter 5 Facing Forward 43

Part 2 Opening Your Heart

Chapter 6 Finding a Reason to Live 51

Chapter 7 Cultivating Gratitude 61

Chapter 8 Laughter and Lovingkindness 67

Chapter 9 Life Is Happening Now 81

Part 3 Starting From Where You Are

Chapter 10 Who Can You Be Now? 93

Chapter 11 Paying Attention 103

Chapter 12 The Art of the Small Goal 111

Chapter 13 Habituating the Disability 125

Part 4 Being Skillful

Chapter 14 Believing in Change 135

Chapter 15 Skillfulness and Persistence 145

Chapter 16 Being Creative 155

Chapter 17 Training Past the Disability 165

Part 5 Practicing Self-Care

Chapter 18 You Are the Tool 177

Chapter 19 Minimizing Stressors 187

Chapter 20 Being Kind to Yourself 197

Chapter 21 Reestablishing the Social Body 205

Part 6 What Now?

Chapter 22 Beginnings 217

Chapter 23 Putting the Lessons into Practice 225

Chapter 24 Eight Principles of Transformation 237

Afterword 253

Acknowledgements 255

About the Author 257

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