this is me

Since my recovery, I have talked about my illness openly. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. I’ve never been married. No kids. Lot’s of independence. Yes I can change my car oil and washer fluid on my own (I usually get the car service person to do it for me though as it’s included in the service). I’ve learned how to live this life independently and I am extremely happy. I love my life.

I have schizophrenia and anxiety, yet I live a pretty good life and manage as well as I can. Is it perfect. Definitely not. But whose life really is?

I have a chemistry degree and an applied mathematics degree. And I currently am an MBA Candidate. I was also told I would never graduate. Two and almost three degrees later, I guess they were wrong.

This blog will tell you everything you need to know about my illness and my recovery. I suggest you discuss any and everything you read here with your doctor or health professional and/or fitness professional before doing anything.

I believe in every movement and stay neutral, you can call me mad, you can say I have a lived experience, you can say anything about my illness, just remember everyone, no matter what you call them, really experienced a mental illness, and their story matters, no matter what you call it.

I wrote my first book, titled Embracing Schizophrenia. Want to know what the title means? Many things. But basically, I think it’s unintelligent that you put a label and make assumptions about me by one word: schizophrenia. It’s a swear word I am saying to the world with this title and it makes me so happy every time I see that book.

Promise me you won’t give up. It won’t be easy. The odds will likely be against you. They will tell you, you may not recover. Or graduate. Or even ever live again. Don’t believe any of it. Keep going.

In my life and my recovery, I try to be a good and decent person. I am definitely not perfect and make so many mistakes but I hope I get points for really trying.

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