“When I was diagnosed Paranoid Schizophrenic it I felt as though a
lightning bolt had struck me. It shattered my world. I was put into a mental
asylum. I was labeled. I was shunned. My friends fell away. I was walled by
a screen of prejudice and fear from the general public. Was this to be a life
sentence? Was there a way to escape from the straitjacket of serious mental
illness? This is my story, the story of how I learned to survive. Is it success?
You be the judge”.