In his bestselling book, “Strong at the Broken Places,” Richard Cohen profiles, among five persons living with chronic illness, mental health advocate Larry Fricks. He writes:
Larry had been to hell and back and now his spirit soared. “Religion is for people who fear hell,” Larry told me. “Spirituality is for those who have been there.” Life to Larry is not about a church but belief in the human spirit. “Richard, that spirit is why I get up each day.” For him, doctors did not understand this dimension.
“Psychiatry tried to beat it out of me, to convince me this was just a symptom of my disease, a psychiatric disorder”
“And that was not the whole story?”
“No. Even in sickness, I see a spiritual realm that to me is real.”
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