Hi, there. Thanks for visiting. I'm starting this blog as an advocate for mental and physical health. I'm a freelance writer and also own a home based medical transcription business. I was diagnosed in 1978 with paranoid schizophrenia and started to become acutely ill three years prior to that, unmedicated, frightened, confused, and in trouble with the law. I graduated from university with distinction the year I became ill. I've never regretted learning how to think at university. I struggled with my illness for 35 years and have reached the top of the mountain now, I think, or the other side, where the grass is greener and the path easier. There's hope for all of us, the whole human race, and never think there isn't hope or joy no matter your circumstances. I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with mental illness in all its forms: depression, brain injury, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety disorders, etc. and your positive experiences as well as those lies and half truths society and even therapists would have us believe about ourselves.

We are different folks, and we are beautiful. The whole human race is beautiful. Let's celebrate life.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


I'm walking 2.5 km (a pittance, I know!) in the annual SSA "Walk and Run" at Rundle Park here in Edmonton on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Please consider donating an amount of your choice on-line to this worthwhile cause. A receipt will be issued for $20 or more.

It should be a fun day. I'm looking forward to it. Won't you join me, those who can? I'll keep you updated on my journey.

So far I have $45 in donations and my goal is $300. I haven't started asking for pledges yet on a pledge sheet off-line.

The SSA has offered their assistance in fundraising and are giving out free purple hair dye for participants.  

Purple is their color, I think because of their flower the iris, which is adopted by the Canadian Schizophrenia Society because of Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting.

Some people think Vincent was schizophrenic. Also some people think Ernest Hemingway was schizophrenic or bipolar.

Many famous people may have had mental health problems, and I question whether their illnesses made them more creative and interesting people. Now anyone different or with behavioral concerns is set apart and a label given. I wonder if that is wise.

There seems to be a spectrum now of disorders, and I would question whether anyone really is normal.

Want to bet I can walk it? I'll jog, too, if I reach my goal of $300!!!

I'll be back with further updates. Comments are welcome. Would anyone like to join me, at least virtually, on this walk?