Friday, February 06, 2015

Upcoming Friday's With Tom

Since Thomas was sailing through yesterday I encouraged him to get his blog post done early. As such, I will be posting it at 9 a.m. this morning. I just wanted to let you guys know that as we discussed what he should write about he kept feeling like the suggestions that you all had given him and that I was giving him, were ones he couldn't write much about. I tried to help him develop a post but he was stuck at using short sentences and there wasn't much to the post. I know we all want Thomas to just be Thomas but I also have a vested interest in re-teaching him that he is a great story teller (he used to write detailed stories about Gundam's for example) and I want him to find the confidence in himself again to tell a story and understand that what he has to say will be received well and appreciated. His confidence about his writing skills is at an all-time low and since he is becoming stable I would like for him to reenergize those skills of his that he has lost due to schizophrenia and feel like he's getting a piece of his old self back.

After listening to him talk in therapy yesterday and describe his experience at the train club meeting on Tuesday I thought that what he had to say has a lot of information in it that would be useful to you all. That experience for him was a true test of his resolve and I only found out later in therapy what TRULY happened during that hour and a half he was there. I told his story from my point of view and how I saw "the boy I used to know" but in all fairness, in the end, it was his story to tell more than it was mine.

Yesterday afternoon we sat together and made an outline of what he could write about and I laid it out in chronological order for him so that he could just follow that but write what he felt and experienced. My hand was in it only in that I helped him develop the story. It was him that told it and I hope that you all will like it and recognize the change in his descriptions of his experience as compared to past posts and I hope that you will like and recognize that he really put his story telling skills to work. My hope is that one day he will be able to tell his stories as if he is writing his life story and that by doing so he'll reach even more people with his candidness.

As we talked yesterday I could feel his mental muscles stretching and I know it took quite a bit for him to reset his mind to work like a writer's but I think the end result was pretty awesome.

Alright, I'll stop being "mom" now and let his work speak for itself. I really just wanted to share this all for you so you could understand just exactly what he put into this post.

Oh yeah, and one other thing, he chose the picture he used and he designed the writing on it himself. He was VERY EXCITED to be able to do this. His touch was on every inch of this post and I think you will like it.

Watch for it at 9 a.m. PST.

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