Sun, Mar 29|
FREE - Patricia Geist-Martin at Warwick's Weekends with Locals 3/29
Book Signing by Patricia Geist-Martin, Ph.D.
Time & Location
Mar 29, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Warwick's, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
About The Event
Join Patricia Geist Martin, Ph. D., Co-Author of 'Falling in Love with the Process: Cultivating Resilience in Health Crisis: A Stroke Survivor's Story' at Warwick's 'Weekends with Locals' on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 2 - 4 pm.
“WHY ME?” These were the first words that Bill Torres spoke after waking up from his stroke. Like many survivors, Bill lived his first days and weeks after stroke in a dark, heavy cloud of depression. Depression creates feelings of hopelessness, guilt, helplessness, and decreased energy—all symptoms that stand in the way of a survivor’s efforts to regain mobility and speech. Yet, rather than dwelling on asking “WHY ME?” Bill’s second words were, “WHAT NOW?” He set his mind to getting better, little by little, every day. As researcher and author, Peter Levine (2013) suggests, stroke survivors must “fall in love with the process ... [and] see the process of recovery as an opportunity for growth”.
'Falling in Love with the Process: Cultivating Resilience in Health Crisis: A Stroke Survivor's Story' tells Bill Torres’ story of recovery and advocacy. The book is structured along two different timelines—chapters alternate between Bill’s stories of growing up in San Diego and chapters that provide accounts of Bill’s journey of stroke recovery. These two separate storylines come together near the close of the book as we explore Bill’s approach to advocating for other stroke survivors.
IMPORTANTLY, this is a book for everyone, not just stroke survivors. Each chapter offers insights about what it means to become resilient no matter what challenge you face--an accident, an illness, the loss of someone you love. Creating your own resilience means falling in love with the process of recovery, step-by-step, little-by-little, with the help of a supportive network of friends. It is not something you can do alone. We all need the support of others as we walk the path of recovering our strength.