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Update: My Medication/Business Cards for Me

Posted May 20 2009 1:20pm
Before, I mentioned I did not have health insurance to afford my medication, however, I applied for an Abilify assistance program that gave me a 90 day supply of medication. I thought I would be left on my own for medication after the initial 90 day supply, but I was wrong. I recently, discovered that I can reapply for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation's (BMSPAF) Abilify Program. The BMSPAF Abilify Program requires an evaluation every 90 days. I am relieved by this program!

At the HIV/AIDS organization I am volunteering for they will provide me with business cards. I am excited that they have confidence in me. I plan to contribute to marketing and research needs. Today, I sent emails to sponsors for our upcoming HIV testing event. This project boosts my self-esteem, and makes me feel important. I will keep you posted on my progress at the organization.

I did not tell the executive director (the person I am working closely with) that I have schizophrenia, and I probably wont tell her because I do not want her to think that the assignments are too much for me to handle. I feel very comfortable in the office. I will try not to overwhelm myself with various projects because I know too much stress can trigger symptoms to return. So far, everything has been going well for me, I am not too stressed out and I am having fun with various projects.

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that makes functioning difficult. It causes an individual to have delusions, hallucinations, and trouble concentrating among many other symptoms. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the summer of 2007. Almost two years later, I am getting my life back- I am volunteering and planning on returning to school. In addition to that, I am dating. Meeting new people and having relationships can be a challenge to the individual with schizophrenia. However, people can and do overcome schizophrenia by living productive, independent lives.

To learn more about schizophrenia visit the following websites for information and support, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), or Schizophrenia Society of Novia Scotia (Canada). I appreciate you for stopping by and encourage you to comment so that I can gather more insight into various topics. Thank you!
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