April 11, 2006

Cell Phone Days Over, New newsletter beginning starting May 2006

Hello everyone and good evening,

I am back to let you know that I miss all of you; however school is quite taxing right now. Those four classes require a lot of work and I am extremely busy. I am also busy trying to get the 100 poems together to send to a publisher who is willing to do a free review for me. So I am working on that as well. It is National Poetry Month and I am writing or reading a poem per day. Poetry is my lifeblood and keeps me going. I write poetry on every conceivable topic there is and that means the world to me.

My father no longer has the cell phone I told you about in March; that is exactly what happens when our illness gets out of control. My father feels that he does not need the meds for this illness. He used that cell phone until he could no longer use it. It simply went out of order, off, disconnected. I did recall telling him that a cell phone he would not be able to handle; because he could not handle a landline phone. He knew what was best for the seventy-one years that he is. He is older than daughterfirstborn. What do I know? I am a forty-seven year old daughter will be forty-eight next month. I have only taken dozens of psych courses, have plenty of books on the topic, belong to websites and well-informed.
I have a blog on schizophrenia.com that I have shared my experiences that I have with my father. O come on now. I don't have to have schizophrenia to know the signs of it going out of control. Yes, I have my own bi-polar illness to deal with and I refuse to let it get the better of me. I refuse to give up on life. I take my meds, see a therapist weekly, see the psychiatrist every month if needed or every other month, subscribe to bipolar websites and updates and I will not let anyone label or stigmatize you or I. I hope that my father has not come to that conclusion. Last time I saw him he was in a manic state, needing but refusing hospitalization. Now he is afraid I believe, staying off of his foot like he was told. His foot is another story that I won't get into today. He just needs to obey.

I hope that all of you are dealing with your situations very carefully. I hope that all meds are being taken and that all caretakers have a great measure of endurance. Patience is needed to make all things work out for the betterment of all concerned. May all of you continue to show love the best way that you know how. Schizophrenia is a real, medical and documented illness. Nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing to joke about.

Starting the middle of May, there will be a newsletter at schizosupportnews@yahoogroups.com. This newsletter will be very encouraging to all of us. If any one of you would like to join, just go to schizosupportnews@yahoogroups. It is a newsletter that anyone of you can contribute if you would like. Experiences, quotes, facts, stories, poetry...whatever you have that is POSITIVE! It is not a group, the group is still listed, but this is the newsletter. So if you would like to contribute, welcome! If not, welcome! and enjoy reading the monthly newsletter. Or you can just email me at aprolificwriter@yahoo.com and I will make sure you get a copy. Keep abreast of this illness, for this means our life and the lives of those we love. Let us all continue to appreciate schizophrenia.com for the updated information on this illness and for the use of this site.

Sincerely, Dianna (daughterfirstborn)

Posted by sharon at April 11, 2006 03:46 AM


Lady, it's so inspirational to see you work with your father, instead of being mad, and ignoring him. You see the signs of the illness and you want to lend support. It's beautiful that you claim the healthy aspects of your life and don't allow yourself any low self-esteem to deter you from taking care of your immediate needs. You are an inspiration to us all. Continue to being a positive energetic sister in this world. We need more of you~

Posted by: Mocha Sistah at May 20, 2006 07:48 PM

I have only just come across this website and your blog really caught my attention. I am a daughter of a father with schizophrenia too. I am 17 years old and sometimes I find it really hard to cope as my father can react both physically and emotionally to his illness and causes great pain to his four daughters who love him dearly. I would just like to say, your blog has given me great comfort to see just how well someone is dealing with someone they love having this illness.

Posted by: Kate at June 20, 2006 02:33 PM

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