my book

Embracing Schizophrenia is here! I wrote this book for my family and friends, but it’s also for anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness. And just so you know, sometimes I consider complete strangers my friends, this may be linked to my empathy and my gained perspective.

This is my story of mental illness. My story is light and positive but at the same time shows the difficulties I experienced, and continue to face, in my recovery and my life. I called my book Embracing Schizophrenia because from the moment of my diagnosis, I embraced my illness.

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I have embraced everything about myself – the good, the bad, the amazing and the awful. I see my illness as something amazing and beautiful – something to teach me, not just when I was ill, but every single day I am here and allowed to continue this journey.

My book includes reflections from my friends and family because I know mental illness affects everyone – my experience not only affected me, but everyone around me. These contributions offer insight for those supporting someone experiencing mental illness and may help anyone who feels alone in their illness understand that they are never truly alone.

I will contribute some proceeds from the sale of the book to meaningful and honest work on the mental health system, mental health awareness and advocacy, and improving mental health in education.

Purchase Embracing Schizophrenia on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1777713609

If you live in Hamilton or the surrounding areas, please email me for other buying options: samanthadmercanti@gmail.com. You can also purchase my book at Westside Stories in Hamilton, Ontario (5 copies), The Printed Word in Dundas, Ontario (1 copy) or Magic Pebble Book Store in Elora, Ontario (5 copies). I continue to try to find local stores to sell at as well.

The lotus is a sacred plant with deep meaning, sometimes seen as a symbol of awakening. Every morning the flower re-blooms from the murky water. The lotus reminds me that every day you can re-emerge beautifully from the darkness into the sunlight.

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