Today, I am grateful for my many friends in the Cincinnati area who accept me for who I am. In my church, I teach two and three year olds about Christianity, perform on violin for services and events, and tutor a fourth grader once a week. At the University of Cincinnati, there are several medical doctors who are interested in my writing, and many of them have become my mentors and friends."See more:
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You can read more about her experiences on her website .
The quote below refers to one of her essays on her website, "Experiencing Schizophrenia". There are links on thepage to archived essays.
"The erroneous belief that all mentally ill paties may be dangerous has had a huge impact on my life. When I recovered from schizophrenia, I tried sharing my story with old friends from my first three years of college, before I became ill. Many seemed happy to be in touch with me again, and updated me on their marriages, children, and graduations. But as soon as I mentioned “schizophrenia,” and explained that I had recovered, nearly every one of these old friends refused further contact with me. I knew the stigma of schizophrenia was strong, but I did not know the stigma of the illness would terminate nearly all of my relationships, with people I once knew so well and cared about.
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