When one suffers from an illness like Alzheimer’s or Schizophrenia people do not not know what to say unless they have had it in their own family. There were individuals who asked why we spoke out about these illnesses. ‘Why not? ‘ I asked. How else can we lessen the blame, shame, stigma and discrimination? People talk about diabetes, cancer and other illnesses, so why not about Alzheimer’s or Schizophrenia?
I am the kind of person who can only deal with my enemy if I have information on it, so I made it my business to gather as much information as I possibly could any way I could. I was determined to be the first in the line of people waiting to receive the cure when it arrived with much fanfare. Sadly, we did not last long enough … not for Schizophrenia, nor for Alzheimer’s, but I would like to believe that there is hope for the millions of people out there suffering from these illnesses.
I learned that life is not about how to survive the storm, but, how to dance in the rain.