We had family therapy. I said, “Life with schizophrenia is hard.” Someone said, “It’s hard being a mom with little kids.” I think they think I complain about schizophrenia as a cover up for thinking life is hard.
This week both of my kids are sick. We went to the doctor’s. They have fevers, double ear infection, and a sinus infection. My son was sick on his birthday, and didn’t get to bring his cupcakes to school. We canceled play dates. We’ve been home in our two bedroom apartment recording Tylenol, Motrin, and amoxicillin doses.
But, I’ve had less symptoms than I have since the Summer. So though it felt hard, it didn’t feel nearly as hard as schizophrenia does on a day with symptoms.
I want to say, “Family member, I know life is hard. But it is ten thousand times harder with schizophrenia. You have no idea how it feels.”
Also, in 2011 I was hit by a car. I had five surgeries and missed 10 months of work. I would get hit by a car 20 times over one day with schizophrenia.