Saturday, November 08, 2014


(From my Facebook blog)
Oh my gosh, thank you everyone for responding to the post "Thomas's Story" with ideas for him to write about. I am printing them up as I type this for him to read through. You have given him so many good ideas. As I said, when he and I first talked about this he was kind of hesitant and cited his writing skills as the reason why he wouldn't do it but seeing how much you guys love him and care about his life should show him that his thoughts are very important to you all. I'm not going to lie, I am going to gently encourage him to go through with this.

Not long ago he and I had a conversation about what he misses in his life and one of the things he said he missed was his prolific writing he used to do in high school. Granted, in high school, he was quite sick and I think his illness fueled the writing but here, now, you guys have given him a different way to channel his writing into something healthier. I am very excited for him and I really hope he'll do it. My plan is to have him to write a post for every Friday. I don't want to push him into much more because he doesn't want to lose his chances to play his video game or watch YouTube. You know how important those things are.

My other thank you goes out to Carrie, a woman on my blog here who reached out to me. She lives in the next town over from me and we are literally separated by a blue bridge spanning the Snake River and she has been reaching out to me every now and then to go have coffee and I have been hesitant because I'm not the most social person. But she, too, has a son with schizophrenia so she knows what I go through and I know what she goes through. It's a perfect match for us to be friends. I will let you know how that goes in my blog tomorrow.

The great thing about Carrie and I is that we have the opportunity, based on our experience, to turn our respective towns upside down first by breathing some life into our local chapter of NAMI which leaves A LOT to be desired right now as it is only made up of a few people and they meet just once a month and there's never been a fund raiser or awareness campaign in this town. I think together we could find the strength to make a difference and I hope over time as our friendship grows, we can make a real difference. I have a lot of dreams for the future of our towns and I want to make them a place of tolerance, lowered stigma, intelligence, thoughtfulness, with people well informed about mental illness and just generally an enlightened place to live for the mentally ill and their families. It's a pretty big dream but I wouldn't have gotten where I am now (writing as much as I do--which is my lifelong dream) without believing in myself and working towards the thing I want most in my life for myself and that is to be a writer.

So, we shall see. I am very excited to meet Carrie and I look forward to hearing about her life and how she copes. She's had a lot on her plate after her son having to be hospitalized long term to now him coming home to live with her. The last I heard, it's going well having him home so I hope that things stay on that path both for her and her family and most especially her son.

I will also post a few articles today, just some things I found throughout the week so, as usual, be looking out for those. This should be a good day. I wish the same for all of you.

Now, go out there and make it the best you can and if all you can do is hang onto a thin thread of hope right now then by all means, hang onto it with everything you've got. Sometimes that is all we have to hold onto and I think it is the most important thing of all when it comes to this illness.

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