The worst part of schizophrenia to me is not being able to work and support myself.
Before I became ill, I had a great job as a nurse. I managed a large psychiatric treatment center that specialized in psychotic disorders. I got to help a lot of people every day. It was very rewarding. And it was a great paying job.
I used to have a nice condo in a high rise building in the middle of the city. I had a new car that I loved. I was able to send money to my dad to help him out financially. And I was able to save a lot for the future.
But schizophrenia took all that from me. Still, though, I try to stay positive about life. I have a decent apartment. I can walk to everything I need. I can take care of my dog most of the time. And I have some GREAT friends.
I’ve lost a lot. But, thankfully, I still HAVE a lot to be thankful for.