This photo is what 28 years in recovery looks like. Most of us will have something to smile about after living in recovery 30 years when we get the treatment we need.
I’m two years shy of the 30 years in schizophrenia recovery outcomes where about 60 percent of us are recovered or are doing well according to long-term studies. Professionals do observe that at the 30-year mark individuals with schizophrenia can have normal lives: living, loving, working, and playing alongside people in society who don’t have mental illnesses.
I’m 50: I’ve written in here about this milestone. You can have better mental health at 50 than you did at 22. You can have a better life too.
Kim Kardashian was shot without makeup for a Vogue Spain cover. Dare I tell you I was wearing only lipstick in this photo? You don’t need Botox or fillers or other wrinkle erasers when you’re happy.
A smile can lift your spirits and make you look vibrant and younger.
Turning 50 is when a person should no longer keep apologizing for who they are or how they live their life.
I learned when I was 35 that having schizophrenia was not a mark of shame or a sign of disgrace. This coincided with when I started my job as a librarian in a creative field. At 50 it’s too late in a person’s life to still get spooked by having a diagnosis or needing to take medication.
The hardest-won victory is the sweetest.
In the coming months I’m going to feature the stories of other people living in recovery under the category peer stories.
I’m not the only one who has made it to 50 and is in good mental and physical health.
The wait is worth it.