Justine F

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!

4 responses to “Justine F”

  1. Tammy says:

    You are a true inspiration! Keep sharing your story, its so important for others to see! God bless your heart!

  2. Monica says:

    How awesome to even be courageous enough for an audition/tryout for the Voice—that’s spectacular!!! Kudos to him for that and for bringing awareness to mental health and his endeavor to show those who struggle anything can be accomplished!!! Thanks for sharing your story!!!!
    I am so very proud of him too!!!!!
    Be blessed!!

  3. Matthew O. says:

    Thank you so much mom. You and Artreach have been so supportive in my goals to push myself even when my motivation is bad

    Artreach has touched all of the people who are in it.
    They are from Norwich CT and if it wasn’t for my mom I would have never found out about Artreach.

    I love you mom
    Thank you

  4. Jean says:

    My son’s only interest that he has retained is music! He listens to it on YouTube, Pandora, etc. on the TV. He is very knowledgeable about many different genres of music; the bands, musicians, knows dates of births and deaths and other trivia, he’s 28 (diagnosed at 25, but in hindsight, probably coming on since 17) He had other interests before, but listening to music is still his thing and it’s something we share in common.

    So proud of your son! Keep it up! I think the stigma issue is so important and awareness is key!! Thank you, Mom and Son.


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