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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A story about my children, Mental Health, and me

Yes, that's correct grammar, it's "mental health and me" where "me" is the answer to "who"? Unsophisticated people know that "You and I" as subjects is correct whereas they use the "I" inappropriately as object and think they are correct. Just a little rant about a pet peeve. I've been corrected by people for using "me" correctly.

I didn't race last fall after all. My son passed away the end of September 2012 and we held a memorial the day of the race. He had very aggressive esophageal/stomach cancer which claimed him in a few months. He left behind friends, family, a partner to grieve, and a son. As well as wonderful memories which can never be replaced by anyone else in this world.

He was the closest to me of my children, a caring, kind, strong man of 44 years with an off the wall sense of humor. I miss him very much. My daughter and he were very close, thrown together by years of my emotional neglect when I was ill when they were growing up, and they relied on each other; mostly my son took the brunt of it as he was the elder.

I wrote a book about schizophrenia called The Insanity Machine, co-authored with Austin Mardon, PhD, who contributed his part via a couple of interviews with him. It's on eBook and in print now, available on Amazon, B&N and other venues. You could also get a signed copy by getting in touch with me at kennam [at] shaw [dot] ca.

I've asked Authors for a Cause to publish a book of short stories which I'm dedicating to my son, Steve Wild. He was into science fiction, robots, computers, reading and working on his blog, and helping those closest to him with their techie problems. When I was ill 22 years ago he took care of things at home.

I have another son, a fine young man of 50 years, who was born out of wedlock when I was 17. I gave him up for adoption at birth and he found me on February 14, 2001. He was raised by a good Mormon family and is very devout. We talk every week and see one another approximately once or twice a year. He lives about six hours south of here in a small town in southern Alberta.

My daughter is strong and brave. I spent Christmas with her this year and we spent two days and two nights on a float house on Quadra Island just off Vancouver Island. She lives in Vancouver in a cute two bedroom condo and works as a communications consultant and website specialist. She loves to travel and worked at the Olympics 2010 in Vancouver and in London in 2012 with the broadcasters. She also has an off the wall sense of humor.

I wonder where they got their sense of humor?

Below is the trailer for my published book, SpaceHive, also available on Amazon and B&N, etc, as well as Chapters Westside here in Edmonton. Enjoy. It's for kids of all ages and is dedicated to my three children and also my three grandsons, the little brats who don't call me, but I love them just the same as love is a mirror and what you give you get back eventually. I believe that.

Enjoy the video, kids of all ages.