Recently our mom Barbara was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. As sited by NAMI, this disorder is seen in 0.3% of the population. Our mom fights every day to manage her symptoms and maintain her mental health and has recently been hospitalized.
This has been an uphill battle emotionally and financially for both our mother and our family. Mental illness is not always visible and unfortunately New York does not have the support and resources available to realistically help older adults on a smaller income. It’s been extremely exhausting to navigate and advocate for our mother within a system that ignores and shames mental illness.
A little about our mom:
Barbara is 63 years old. She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. She has experienced tremendous loss in her life but has maintained a positive attitude throughout.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40s in the middle of raising her six children, then ages 5 – 16 years old. Barbara worked different jobs to help support her family until a few years ago. She is a survivor, fighter, and always has a smile on her face.
More recently, Barbara is so very proud of her first grandson and her new title as grandma.
Thank you for reading. We are also looking for advice and resources that may be able to help. If you have any information please pass it along. Thank you. Thank you, it means the world to us!