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Support Individuals like Dimitri

When I first found out I had schizophrenia, I felt like shutting myself off from the rest of the world. It’s incredibly scary to discover that your life has changed forever.
 
Right before I was diagnosed, I was having a difficult time at university. My classes weren’t going well. I’d lost my part-time job and was finding it hard to cope with many aspects of my life. Finally, I had to drop out of school and return home.
 
This illness made me want to retreat from everything and everyone. But thankfully, I was never truly alone.
 
My parents always did their best to understand what I was going through. And behind them, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) gave my family the tools they needed to help me navigate my new life.
 
Turns out that having schizophrenia didn’t mean my dreams were no longer possible. With my parents’ support, I started to get involved in activities outside my home. I volunteered as a tutor, spent time with close friends and eventually returned to school.
 
That was many years ago, and thanks to SSO’s scholarship program, today I am a PhD Candidate at Trent University. It’s satisfying to think back on how far I’ve come. I know that my success wouldn’t have been possible without the help my family received from SSO. My parents learned so much about what I was going through. I also participated in activities that gave me a chance to meet other people with the same challenges. That was very reassuring.
 
We cannot give up on those living with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. Each one of them has the potential to live productive and fulfilling lives.
 
If I could send one message to those who has just been diagnosed, I would tell them not to give up because life can get better - And your support can help make this happen.
 
On Giving Tuesday, help make more recoveries happen by making a donation. Your compassion will make a difference in the lives of many families.
           
 
Dimitri
 
 
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