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Kate K. Patient Expert

Alfred Station, New York
I am 46 and I am in recovery from schizophrenia. I began hearing voices in my mid 20s, but didn't become acutely psychotic until just after I turned 36. For 3 years I didn't commit to taking the anti-psychotic medications and I had 3 breakdowns. The last one was December 2001. Since then I... Full Bio
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My Return To The 12 Steps by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia There’s an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that meets once a week in my town.  This meeting has been active since before I arrived here 25 years ago.  It has always had the rep ... Read on »
Song: Right & Wrong by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Right & Wrong He is locked up                               With only one key to freedom.       They sealed him inside of Four walls Because he took a life, Took a ... Read on »
Song: Boys Are Blue by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Boys Are Blue Boys are blue         And girls are pink They get taught at a young age Not to reason and think, But to swallow it whole With their toys and their clo ... Read on »
Song: Buddha In Her Body by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Buddha In Her Body There is Buddha in her body   And Jesus in her mind. Buddha captivates her heart While Jesus helps her find The path of revolution     That othe ... Read on »
Song: Clueless by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Clueless My sickness started     When I was just a kid     With Mr. John Lennon singing -     He sang - Run for your life little girl   Catch you with another man ... Read on »
Song: You Have Never by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia You Have Never You have never           Walked on the water;   You have never Been nailed to a cross;   You haven’t raised the dead, Except inside your head. E ... Read on »
On Death & Ignorance by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia My mother has been dead for a little over three weeks and my brother and I have spent the last two weeks staying with my father.  We will return home on Thursday.  My father ... Read on »
Memorial Essay by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia This is the short essay I wrote and then read at the memorial gathering we had for my mother Ellen Mary Irving Kiernan, 1928 to 2014.  My mother.  Her name means light an ... Read on »
Adam & Eve by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Adam & Eve Why was Adam scared of Eve? Why did he point his finger at her In front of God? Why did he make her the guardian Of the Fall And tell their children that ... Read on »
Song: "Down" by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Down Take a few steps back                 And soak up the view.                           Look for the path                               That winds down the mountai ... Read on »
Rest In Peace Mom by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia A song for my Mother on the day of her death.     Click Here. Mother, Mother You have died The only mother I've ever had. You lived a good, long life; You ... Read on »
Another Song For My Mother by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Home In the backseat of the car On the way to the beach You sang folk songs to me. I was just a child But I loved you so much I thought about your mortality. With ... Read on »
My Mother, Ellen Mary by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia I think my mother is in the end stages of her life.  Early in August she had a heart valve replacement operation.  She survived the operation, but she awoke in a demen ... Read on »
Faith: The Bigger Picture by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia The truth cannot be contained within a scientific theory, though many people take comfort in the belief that it can.  Then again, many people also take comfort in a belief i ... Read on »
Patriarchal Planet Earth by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Sometimes we adapt to what is because there is no viable alternative.  I believe that this is what is happening on our planet for both the male and female of the human speci ... Read on »
The Right To Bear Arms? by Kate K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Schizophrenia Somewhere in our evolution we learned to make tools.  Tools by their very nature are useful in some way or another.  Being omnivores, we not only gathered food, we hunted.   ... Read on »