I muddle through like everyone else, but I look at managing my illness as a basic equation of steps that work. I take my medication and as I mentioned — try as best I can to adhere to my therapist’s recommendations. Otherwise, I live my life. My diagnoses is not a daily stress for me – after 18 years, it barely passes my day-to-day thought process. I can now confidently say I am not my diagnosis.
So what’s my final hope for my Christmas List? For anyone who’s felt stigmatized that they find the power and fortitude to talk about it and help others understand how they’ve been hurt. And, that they acknowledge the power of doing this — not just for an important social movement – but for their own well being.
Allies have a habit of showing up at precisely the moment one needs them. The key to noticing support is being open to the possibility that it exists. This challenges the self-stigma many of us find ourselves caught up in, unwittingly or through influence. So we set aside our preconceptions and learn to trust, even when it seems impossible.
Schizophrenia has taken me to places which, thankfully, few will ever have to know. I tell my story that others might be encouraged to share their own. And somehow, in a way I don’t yet fully understand, I find myself thankful for the loneliness which teaches me daily the values of humanity and love.
This holiday season, we are very excited to reveal our new Christopher Radko and BC2M Christmas Ornament. Whether for yourself or a loved one, this gift is a reminder to us all to spread love, empathy, compassion, and support this winter, and beyond. Together, let’s bring change 2 mind.