Monday, May 14, 2012

Day #14 - Crimes Against Clients

Crimes against clients...

Today's HFC challenge is about sharing an experience you had with a treatment professional that negatively impacted your recovery.  As this day has neared, and I knew I was going to have to write about this, I was dreading it.  Because you know what?  I don't want to write about this.  This is perhaps the only prompt, out of all the 31 days of this HFC challenge, that I don't agree with.  And that's just what I think personally - no judgement.

It just doesn't sit well with me.  Sure, I could regale you all with tales about MD's and therapists and even dieticians who have upset me or hindered my recovery is some way.  I could do all that, but for some just doesn't feel right to.  I don't want to speak badly about them, because even though they hurt me, I don't want to believe that they intended to hurt me.

I came across this picture the other day, and it practically screamed at me.  It's kind of my new mantra, not just for the sole use of today's blog, but to use in all other areas of my life, as well:

So today, instead of "bashing" on someone that has hurt me, or negatively impacted me, I'd like to talk about why I LOVE my current treatment team:

I adore my current treatment team because they are tough.  They don't let me get away with jack crap.  And, I was a seasoned anorexic.   I knew all the tricks; all the ways that I could get around weight gain.  But they knew the tricks too, and they flushed them out, and were like, "NOW WHAT?!"  And I shuffled my feet and was like, Damn.  Guess it's time to recover.  :)

They listen to me, they laugh with me, and I really and truly believe that they care about me, that I'm not just something that helps them pay the bills (and trust me, what I pay my therapist every month is enough for her to freakin put a pool in her backyard).

I have gone through a lot of treatment teams, and I never really cared about them - at least, didn't care enough to actually do what they said, so I could keep seeing them.  I might as well have flipped them the bird and said PEACE.  I just didn't care.

But I care with this team - sometimes, much to my dismay - and because I care about them, and I know they care about me, I actually do what they say, and hey!  What do you know?  I'm actually recovering! 

So there it is.  I know this isn't what the HFC prompt was all about today, but I couldn't really just be okay with doing it today.  "Promote what you love, instead of bashing what you hate."  That just really resonates with me, and I've made it my mission to carry that in all aspects of my life.  I hope you'll bear with me for doing something different with this post today.

Thanks friends.


Liz said...

That is a great mantra. And good for you, for not bad mouthing anyone. That shows a lot of maturity.

Arielle Bair (Becker) said...

Glad you did this with the prompt. I didn't like it either and took a different spin. I like the mantra too - it's one of my philosophies of life. Positivity can go a lot farther than negativity and I'm glad you showed that. :-) Not that I'm surprised. ;-)

CH said...

be proud of yourself. you stood up for something you believed in, and did it with grace.
as you said.. you could complain and bad mouth previous doctors/therapists, etc.... but now that you're in SUCH a good place in recovery... what's the point? everyone has their own journey, and those set backs/less than helpful people were just a part of yours.. the most important thing is you are kicking butt in recovery now and have a great treatment team
i applaud you for this post

jperry said...

I like that quote a lot now too. And I like the spin you put on this post. You are such an incredible person, and I have been loving reading everything you write.

i love bows:) said...

i really liked this brie :) xx

Anonymous said...

I don't like this prompt either (didn't write on it yet, actually). I might steal your image, what a great mantra. I'm all for positive thinking. I love this post =]

├ůsa said...

Great post! I also dont think that people try to hinder recovery on purpose. Maybe sometimes people are just not educated enough, or maybe we/the patient misinterpret the message being sent. Go Brie!!