My brother was diagnosed a couple of months ago and it is difficult to know what to hope for. I understand that this is a long term condition and I am coming to terms with the realization that his life/expectations/goals will likely be different than what they were before. I have read over and over that many people with sz lead fulfilling lives with meaningful relationships. I believe this is true, but I would like to hear any real life success stories out there about people who have seen their family members cope with their illness. I realize the term “success story” is relative, and I would appreciate any examples of positive or encouraging outcomes, regardless of how outside the box of pre-sz expectations they fall. My hope for my brother is that he will have a fulfilling life, and I would like to hear about other people with sz who have achieved that.
I do not mean to be condescending to anyone with sz or any family members who would say “of course they can have a fulfilling life.” I would just like to hear your stories, because as we know the media and public perception of mental illness and sz especially is misinformed. I just want to better educate myself about possible outcomes and see the hope.
To those like me who have seen posts like this and may be discouraged by the lack of response… let’s remember that people who are coping well and whose loved ones are doing well may not have a need to be in forums like this, so just because people don’t respond doesn’t mean there aren’t success stories out there.