I can now do a partial headstand! (It’s the “tripod”.) [link broken]
I have bought a sewing machine. Before long I hope I will be able to stop complaining so much about how I don’t have enough clothes and nothing fits me. And maybe have some rockin’ homemade clothes too.
Dr Elyn R Saks’s memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness is an amazing and eye-opening read. Saks is a law professor at USC, and has been coping (sometimes very well, sometimes extremely poorly) with schizophrenia since she was a college student. She’s been through so many trials in her life, and yet managed to become an extremely distinguished professional with a rich personal life. I highly recommend this book.
[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at satsumabug.livejournal.com. In the end, I barely used that sewing machine. :(]
Saks’s story is interesting but makes me sad for people with schizophrenia who have not been able to be so successful.
She makes it pretty clear in her book that she’s an anomaly, and that she hasn’t succeeded because of trying hard, but because she got lucky with therapy and drugs (and tried hard). It is sad for other people who aren’t so lucky, but I still think her story is worth reading and celebrating.
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