Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Beautiful Mind

Hi Everyone, Hope all is well. I am doing good. Last weekend on HBO I watched this movie again. Once again I was reminded of why my mother is my hero by having the strength to fight every day with her disease. The hardest part of watching this movie was the shock therapy scene and when he slit his wrist. I physically felt that pain again in my chest and I cried for her and everyone else who has endured that treatment. She endured that for twenty years, when all she really needed was a pill. I think she may have tried to commit suicide twice but I am not sure, I have a faint memory of her cutting her wrists. My brother Jim remembers everything so I will have to ask him. This is a remarkable true story of a man's battle with Schizophrenia. People with Bi Polar disorder also suffer hallucinations and hear voices. I think that is what my mother had because if she was truly Schizophrenic like they diagnosed her in the sixties I know Lithium would not have worked on her, never mind keep her out of institutions for the rest of her life. God I hated going into those locked doors when I would visit her. The shock therapy makes them forget so called "bad memories", it just fries the brain. When Christa was a year old I went to see her and I told her Christa started walking, she asked me who was Christa, hurt so bad. I saw her in her delusional states many, many times. One time for example I was living in Braintree with Pete when we first had Christa and she called me around 8 O'clock from the South Shore Plaza for a ride home. I went there and it was back in the day's when stores were closed on Sundays. She was standing there in the parking lot which was so dark all alone. She told me when she got in the car that she was there to meet someone with a special liquid to make money. She scared the hell out of me, but I kept cool as I always did and got her home safe. Of course after that night back in she went. This movie shows the struggles of all the loved ones who have to live with a person they love with Mental Illness. When Professor Nash's wife says she felt obligated I thought of my father and how hard that must have been on him to have to stay in a marriage because of that obligation with six children to care for and hold a full time job wow, another one of my hero's. I have software that I can copy movies I rent. So I did that with this one. If anyone wants a free copy just let me know. You will be moved in so many ways, tears, rejoice, hope, faith, pain and laughter along with watching two people with such deep love for each other. I will be more than glad to send you one in hopes that you will share the inspiration and hope this movie brings to everyone with a Mental Illness. Despite all the pain I went through growing up, seeing how she suffered made me only appreciate every day of my life that I was not suffering, not locked up. I am so glad that God gave me the strength to not get caught up in that poor me, look how she hurt and made all of our lives hell for a long time. Because in the end I saw her true self emerge like Professor Nash's did. It was a beautiful last twenty years with her. She also had an high IQ, she finished 2nd in her class. They say all the intelligence can lead to madness. So watch for someone you know who is a genius if you begin to see changes. I thought it would be good to delete my last post for certain reasons, but I wanted to share this song again for another reason :)
Thank you for visiting my blog,
now go rent the movie or ask me
for a free copy LOL!
Love ya,
Janet :)

Perhaps it's a good thing to have a beautiful mind
but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful
heart, This trailer gives me goosebumps :)

I wanna share my world with you, you see,
Springtime on the South Shore feels
so good to me :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Be Involved

Hi Everyone, hope your doing well, I am doing great. I was trilled to see this campaign to end the stigma of Mental Illness. I plan on getting all the cards and some posters to bring on the overnight walk with me. I hope you will get some of these useful tools and help fight the fight. Changing a mind, could change someones life.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Janet :)

Ready, set, okay let’s change the world! Sound impossible? It’s not really, because just by being on this site you’ve already become a part of the largest initiative to bring positive change to millions of Americans this country has ever seen. And every day we gain more ground against stigma.

Plus you have more influence than you think. You can change minds, and inspire new attitudes about mental illness just by doing something as simple as watching the way you speak about mental illness, by supporting initiatives like this (and others listed below) and supporting crucial continuing research about mental illness.

What can you do to bring change to mind? If you have a form of mental illness, we encourage you to share your story with others. We recognize that this may be difficult – coming out may lead to social disapproval and even housing and employment discrimination. But studies show that talking about your illness can reduce stress, improve job satisfaction, and increase support from family members. Also, sharing your experience will allow you some protection against discrimination through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The World Health Organization
has done research that suggests that nearly half of adults will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetimes. There’s strength in numbers. The more people realize that people affected by mental illness are “just like me,” the easier it will be to live with any form of mental illness.

Do you have a story you want to share? Go to our Share Your Story page and tell people what it’s like to have, or be affected by, a mental illness.

What is something the other 5 out of 6 Americans can help us do? Spread the word. Walk the walk. Talk the talk. Share this site and these videos. Download, print, and distribute materials. Stay in touch and on message! After all, the best way to fight stigma is to facilitate interaction with people who have mental illness.

Here are some items that you can download (click on item):

* 8.5 x 11 poster
* 8.5 x 14 poster
* 11 x 17 poster
* "What Can People Do" cards
* "Why is Fighting Stigma Important" cards
* "About BringChange2Mind" card

Words are very powerful. When we say someone is ‘crazy’ or ‘that’s totally mental’ we’re only perpetuating stereotypes. There are other phrases and terms that may seem insignificant, but really aren’t. For example it is more sensitive to say that someone “has schizophrenia” than by calling that person a “schizophrenic”. Why? Because having a mental illness does not so fully define someone as to become their complete identity.

So again, it’s best to refrain from using terms like “crazy,” “nuts”, “psycho” and “lunatic”. You get the picture. And while there may be times when it is too challenging or simply not possible to politely correct someone else’s insensitive use of language, you can always try to watch your own.

There are great strides being made in the treatment, prevention and cure of mental illnesses. From neuroscience and genetics, to drug discoveries and behavioral therapies, researchers are developing innovative approaches to lessen the impact of mental illness on our society. Supporting organizations that fund and conduct important studies can lead to breakthroughs never before thought possible.

NIMH Research News
NIMH Grants
International Mental Health Research Organization
Study Participation

Join forces with an organization, like this, or those featured on this site. Mental illness is our reality. Fighting stigma is our responsibility. Together, we can do this.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bring Change 2 Mind

Hi Everyone, I have posted about Glenn Close's campaign before but it has recently been brought back into the limelight. Thank you Glenn and Jessie for speaking out to end the stigma of Mental Illness. This is so touching to me that it brings tears to my eyes as Glenn speaks, she speaks everything I have felt all these years about my mother and for all the others who suffer needlessly. Their is no shame in having Mental Illness. Please take the time to watch and share with others, you will be inspired by the strength they have. I know I am. Truer words were never spoken when Glenn said the fact that she is still here is a testament to her strength as a human being. Same about my mom. She did not take the easy way out.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

I love this video version of Hero