My son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 18 years old. He is now 38 and has been through many years of hospitalizations and med changes. It has been a very difficult time for both of us, but the one thing that has gotten him through the bad times is music and singing. He has been involved with community musical theatre, singing karaoke, and performing each year at a “Musical Showcase” sponsored by a local mental health agency. This past weekend he fulfilled a long time dream by auditioning for The Voice. He didn’t get to the second round of auditions but it was an experience he said that will last a lifetime. He told me he wanted to do it to show everyone that people with his illness can do much more than they think. He wants to be an inspiration to everyone who is struggling that there is hope and to not give up. I’m so proud of him!