CURESZ Profile

Out of the blue I had the opportunity to have my recovery story featured on the CURESZ.org website.

You can read my profile there along with the stories of other individuals that have succeeded in the face of living with schizophrenia.

As a person with a Visionary archetype, I’m an innovative thinker.

Seeing my CURESZ profile alongside the others got me thinking.

It was the first time in my recovery that I wasn’t called out as “the exception to the rule” as has happened wherever else I’ve been quoted.

Seeing that there were other people like me who had achieved goals I could understand that we’re all in this together.

Having an illness could positively impact your identity when you see your disability as a strength not a liability.

This sounds ironic or impossible.

The illness is the kind of enemy that’s closer to you than your friends.

Yet when you make peace with the diagnosis it frees you to envision a life without boxes you need to check off.

You’re given the mandate to choose alternative options for a career.

You can royally go your own way against the standard operating procedure.

Read my CURESZ profile here.

In the coming blog entry I’m going to talk about what it’s like to achieve things in a world where people diagnosed with mental illnesses are told to stay in our places and not compete with others.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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