Brenda R

As a child I went through the heart-wrenching experience of watching my beloved older sister develop schizophrenia. Before that she was always such a strong, beautiful, fun and creative person.   I looked up to her so much: she taught me how to play guitar, how to draw and to write poetry. Watching her lose her grip on reality over several years right in her prime of life was terrifying. She reacted to her illness with several suicide attempts that I’ll also never forget. In time she was diagnosed and treated with every medication known to man over her tragic life. I watched her struggle in and out of psychosis, homelessness and the mental health system. Despite it all, she had a great sense of humor. She had a heart attack 9 months ago and remains on a ventilator today. My message is: whenever you see a lost soul or suspect that a person on the street suffers from mental illness,  try to remember that they are someone’s sister, daughter or son and they are loved very much.

One response to “Brenda R”

  1. Julie says:

    If i had all the money in the world i would house everyone i could find who felt as if the world is against them. I would hire the best medical professionals to help. I would create a world of understanding respect and love ! Unconditionally!!! My life has been up and down for 46 yrs and I’m amazed that i am still here ! There are not enough medical professionals in my town / world or the coverage to help anyone!! I see so many people alone , sick and no where to turn or even end up dying or murdered! Life and living was not meant to be full of hurt or abandonment or feeling like you want to die :(. No one should feel like they don’t matter ! Every person is a special human being and they deserve the very best! So the next time you go out in the world don’t judge people and open your hearts it could be your child ,mother ,father ,sister,brother etc ! An act of kindness goes a long way 🙂 pay it forward 🙂 My heart goes out to everyone of you with tons of hugs!

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