More than my Diagnosis and lineup for July~

Welcome all countries!

For those of you celebrating the 4th of July, I wish you all a safe, sane and happy day! I am taking a break this year but love my country and all it stands for- Freedom of Speech!

I am excited to share that my mental health remains stronger every day. Even though the podcast is set aside right now, I am going to blog my line up for this month. The pen is mighty and I have a lot to say about Schizophrenia these days, in the order of fighting stigma for all mental health (mainly focusing on Schizophrenia), legislative needs here in USA, personal stories, interviews, guest blogger with Schizophrenia and who knows? I am always open to anyone who would like to be a guest writer on my blog. Use the contact form above and let’s do it!

I’m starting today to really dig into how we are more than our diagnosis, whatever it may be. From Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder to depression and anxiety and everything in between, we are so much more than any label! Beginning with being children of the Author of life, whoever one believes that to be, up till now, which I am a daughter, wife of 30 years, mother of 4, gramma of one so far, a friend, advocate, and fighter for mental health issues and more.

I am also a writer, blogger, public speaker, gardener, chef and love to clean my house. I don’t like labels, so purposely avoid labels that are derogatory in nature. I am, in addition to all of this, a person with Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder. I do not like the label schizophrenic, for myself or for others with Schizophrenia. I happen to have a psychotic disorder that is in full remission. It is a part of who I am but it is the least of my concerns these days. Even if I wasn’t in full remission, I would avoid derogatory terms or being defined by my disorder. I can now fight for others’ rights and use my experience as a catapult into my next phase of life.

There are other terms as well that I choose to avoid, no need to list them all here. We have all heard most of them as they are used in the media and by people who have not been well educated in what is acceptable for today’s progressing norms. Even people with a disorder sometimes use them.

My hope is to spread positive healthy messages to all with SMD (serious mental disorder). I do not even like to say or think that I am sick or of having an illness. I have a disorder of the mind. I take medicine to help with these issues and Kratom in responsible dosages. All of this helps for now along with seeing my favorite life coach with new areas that need attention as I continue to recover from Schizophrenia.

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I am really excited about this month for several reasons.~

July is halfway point of the year! A great time to reevaluate everything in my life and make changes or not, as necessary.

My 28 year old daughter is moving out of my home into a home of her own with her significant other and a good friend she has known since high school. He is a gem as is her significant other. The great part is that she is only moving less than a mile away, so will still see her a lot and have planned Saturday morning breakfasts here or over there. My daughter is also my best friend. She’s perfect to me, idiosyncrasies and all. So excited for her to have her own home! And now that I only have my 23 yr old son living at home, it will free up a room that I can use as a play room/office or whatever I decide. So many possibilities.

I am also excited for the direction this blog is going. I don’t need a new year for a fresh start; I can have one right now, this moment in time, to dedicate my life to writing and all that I love. As can all of you!

Choose life over death and old patterns that don’t serve us well. Choose education over negative labels. And always choose love first, for often that is all that we truly need.

Pax

Victoria

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