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The topic of re-entry seems appropriate since the space shuttle is grappling with the damage to the underbelly of the space shuttle and discussion will determine if it’s safe to re-enter without repairing.  Re-entry is always a difficult proposition because it means you’ve been somewhere others in your circle most probably have not experienced.  For those with a life-altering illness it’s the return to aspects of life we consider day-to-day occurrences.  Think about the first day back following surgery, or a medical leave of absence, what was it like for you? 

As I mentioned last week I returned from a one week course as I work toward my degree.  One of the e-mails I received from a classmate who just completed all her coursework was “How has re-entry been for you?”  I hadn’t thought about it in those terms until she posed the question, but now that Pandora’s box has been opened, I must admit re-entry has been difficult.

The biggest difficulty in re-entry has been trying to explain to others about my experience, but the only way to really “get it” would be to have experienced it.  The process has made me clearer that any time you get to do “process work” I say go for it because going deep within is revealing, enlightening, sometimes painful and always a path to healing.

Where have you had to re-enter and how did you manage?  Do you have any tips to share about how to make reintegration easier? 


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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