How I deal with Schizophrenia.

Essay by jazzamarie207Junior High, 9th gradeA+, December 2003

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Surrounded by white walls, a bed, and a locked door, this is another birthday just like the rest. Today is my 64th birthday and the only contact with the world I had today was with the nurse that gave me my breakfast and medicine. I've called the Tinley Mental hospital home for the last seven years. They let me out and then I forget to take my medicine and I'm right back where I started. Although I'm not married, I have three children, Tree Seven Galmore, Theodora Bass Galmore, and Ally-Victoria Galmore, in which all three warned me that if I don't take my medicine I was going to end up here. And I did. Although schizophrenia runs in my family, I didn't except that I would be diagnosed with it. In addition to this, I have to try to fight breast cancer. All those years of smoking and drinking contributed to this problem.

If I could I would have stopped those nasty habits a long time ago. I was physical healthy. I eat all the right food, exercised frequently and did household chores. Yet I was so normal, I was very different at the same time. I still associate with that people I graduated high school with. I went on to go to college for studying to become a plastic surgeon but was later stopped by my illness.

My schizophrenia illness allows me to hear voices and to see people when no one is talking or in the room with me. I've had jobs where my illness was too much and I had to quiet. I did modeling in my late 30's and my illness became so bad that I would hear voices when no one was speaking. I would looked around and move quite frequently to the...