My name is Angelita and my oldest son Tony suffers from schizophrenia. He was diagnosed in his early 20’s, he will be 33 soon. Tony is a loving man with a good heart but at times never really comprehends what the illness does to him. We recently got him back on his medication after a year and a half that he decided he did not need to take it.
It was an a emotional roller coaster to say the least but we prevailed because we kept our faith in him as well as our never ending love for him. There were days my daughter and I thought we could not bear another day. We knew that deep down my living son and her brother was still fighting to get better. My daughter recently had a baby and Tony was showing no emotions towards him and this was heartbreaking to see for we knew he has a good heart.
I believe because of the birth of my grandson Hudson, that something made Tony want to get back on his medication. This was a day that I will never forget because I believe that he knew that if he was to have a relationship with his nephew that he needed to back on his medication. I thank God and the love of my family for always being there for Tony as we always will be.
Mental illness can make it break a family, but the love in one’s heart is what keeps others going. Tony knows that we will always be there for him. For he did not chose to have a mental illness, it had chosen him.