Apologies to my readers, new and old, for not having blogged for a few weeks. I was in London last month participating in an international conference on schizophrenia recovery, and lots of energy went into that experience.
The conference organizers had read Ben Behind His Voices, and so I was asked to share my experience as family caregiver (or, in UK_speak, “carer”).
As you might imagine, I learned a lot more than I shared. The main lesson, reinforced:
When a loved one develops schizophrenia, feelings have no country borders. We do not stop loving when mental illness moves in. We do share feelings of grief, anger, confusion, determination, resentment, loss, helplessness, and more.
I connected first with Georgina Wakefield, my UK counterpart in many ways.