If you can survive …

As a parent of a son who suffered from schizophrenia, it wasn’t easy to come to terms with the impact of his diagnosis. I suffered as I watched his suffering. My husband suffered and so did our other children.

I think back to the many prescriptions I have had filled for David, only to have his psychiatrist tell me not long after that they were not working.

I had to learn to keep my head when those around me were losing theirs and blaming me. People fear what they do not understand and many do not know much about mental illness.

To all the parents out there who have a child suffering from a mental illness, Rudyard Kipling offers the following inspiration at the end of his poem …  If you can survive all this adversity, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.



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