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5 Days To Go: Elaine Ecker

Posted By Sophie D. Gabrion, NAMI Maine, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I walk because I believe in recovery. People may think recovery applies only to those with "mental illness" or substance use “disorders.” (Quotation marks included, because I have a real aversion to labels!) But I believe recovery is for EVERYONE—it varies only by degrees. No one makes it through life without facing significant challenges, and in our journey through them we have the opportunity to discover, learn, grow, and heal. That's what I wholeheartedly believe recovery is all about.


NAMI Maine provides some pretty wonderful opportunities to discover, learn, grow, and heal—and I walk to support them. I’m particularly partial to our new peer-to-peer curriculum, Inspiring Minds: Skills for Balance, Connection & Fresh Perspectives. This 10-week course focuses on building key personal and interpersonal skills that help us feel better in our lives—both in our own skin, so to speak, and in relationships with others. They apply to us all. What I know for sure from my own experience is that learning these skills can change a life, transform it even. One woman who took Inspiring Minds said she felt like she been “handed the magic keys.” I passionately want everyone who seeks to find what they need for their own recovery journey, so they may live with more inner peace, self-love, and freedom.


I walk to support NAMI Maine as we do our best to meet those needs wherever and with whomever we can. Join me!



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