Judy Chamberlin was hospitalized for depression in 1966 and then against her will in a state hospital, which she found horrific. That experience spurred her life work as an advocate for psychiatric patients and better treatment, gentler, more dignified treatment in fact. But I should not tell her story, because I only today found her blog, thanks to Bill W. No, you can read it in part at the Boston Globe here
and then follow it in more detail at her blog here:
A WONDERFUL blog is Yin and Yang, Kate K’s blog at http://wanderer62.blogspot.com
Kate writes of her journey from schizophrenia down the road to become the person she is inside, the person she wants to be. This entails describing in her wonderful, meditative prose her efforts to regain her singing and songwriting, her ongoing painting enterprise and her struggles with weight and fitness, voices, and isolation. Along the way, there are forays into spirituality — both buddhist and otherwise, all laced together with Kate’s careful and exquisitely thoughtful reasoning.
As for Christina Bruni’s website with articles, memoir and blog, let her speak for herself, because she says it best: “My goal is to be the Rachael Ray of the recovery movement. Have you ever seen this chatty, gregarious cooking expert and lifestyle show host? One day I watched her on TV while I waited in the doctor’s office. Her infectious good humor cheered me so much that I wanted to tape her shows and replay them at night when I got home from work.
I seek to be a force of good in the world, because the illness destroys, and through my recovery I want to create things of beauty and show people a better way. Quite simply, I couldn’t bear to see someone go through what I did and feel there is no hope, or worse, not get the treatment that works. If I remained silent, I’d be complicit in perpetuating the stigma.”
Overcoming Schizophrenia, which is Ashley’s site, is also tremendous. She is in her 20s, an accomplished writer, and though younger than the rest of us, that is an advantage. She can talk about what it is like to recover from a first episode and the hope that recent diagnosis and rapid treatment now offers.