As I sat down to look over my Facebook this morning I discovered the shocking and heartbreaking news that fellow advocate and mom Laura Pogliano lost her son Zac. This tragic death hits so many because we all know of Laura's advocacy work for her son and for schizophrenia. We also know what a wonderful mom she was to Zac, her son living with and now lost to paranoid schizophrenia.
To Laura, my heart and my prayers are with you and your family right now. You have been an amazing advocate and have touched so many lives. Zac's willingness and ability to speak out about his illness and educate the world will live on in perpetuity in the hearts and minds of so many and both his efforts and yours will not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Your story has touched me deeply and I have followed it for awhile now and you and your work have been something that I look up to and hope to emulate through the years. So many of us are out there on the front lines trying to change the stigma around this illness and you have set a phenomenal example for all of us to follow.
I cannot know fully what you must be feeling right now but I can say that if I lost Thomas, my world would come to an end. I will say constant prayers for Zac's comfortable passage to Heaven and I will do the same for you, saying prayers to give you strength to get through this life altering event.
Both you and Zac are loved and have many supporters out there and it is all of us who will be here with you during this difficult time. We will all also continue your efforts to educate in the ways that we know how by following your lead and as such Zac's loss will not be in vain.
I am so sorry Laura.