Even though I was pretty far gone by 11, at 16 I passed the lifeguard class and the Northwest test and the CPR/First Aid and the rest. I was going to become a beach lifeguard like my Dad and my Uncles. I was also in the school writing projects, when I could go. College was more of a “Wait and see” topic.
My parents knew something was up. They didn’t discourage me, but I have a feeling as far as me in college, they were being realistic. I was put in a lot of art and writing classes.
But 17 happened and my plans had to change.
If you didn’t have SZ or a loved one didn’t have SZ what might you be doing right now? If I didn’t have SZ, I still have no idea what I’d be doing. I’d might have strived to become an art teacher… I can’t picture it.