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KEYNOTE Moms Suicide

Grieving with Schizoaffective Disorder for my mother   I am tackling the emptiness and the loss of my Brazilian mother who left by way of suicide Feb. 24th, 28 years ago. Even though at times, I feel drained thinking about her, my ties with my family and friends have never been closer. Life matters however, … Continue reading

ABOUT Getting Old

Schizoaffective Disorder and Aging   2007 photo of me- ‘Getting old is having so much to do in one day, that there isn’t enough time to do it all in.’ Sherry

KEYNOTE Family

Schizoaffective Disorder Out of the Psych Ward Learning to Love     My sister, Diana, left, my brother, Doug, middle, me on the right. Several months after being released from my last hospitalization at Kishwaukie Hospital in DeKalb, Illinois, my sister, brother, and I celebrated Doug’s high school graduation from Roseburg High in Roseburg, Oregon. … Continue reading

ABOUT Painting

Return to American Gothic Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder   Here is a painting I did, I call it ‘Return to ‘American Gothic.’ It is such a joy to paint. Everyday that I paint I learn something new. I am going through a big change in my life, and I am growing wiser and more … Continue reading

ARTWORK Personal inventory

Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Resolutions My promise for Christmas- This Christmas I promise myself to grow and become ever so stronger and better each day. To walk away from the paranoia, the weirdness, the clinging of my mind to the strange circumstances and events that I lack the power to resolve. I will grow … Continue reading

ARTWORK Grief

World AIDS Day Schizoaffective Anniversary   My brother, Doug’s birthday is November 24th. World AIDS Day follows on December 1st. Not because of my brother, specifically, but for him and the many who were affected by HIV and perished with AIDS. I lit a healing candle for Doug, and the many that suffered and died … Continue reading

ARTWORK Coincidence

Ocean waves releave psychological pain of Schizoaffective and Bipolar Disorder I called this oil painting I painted, ‘The Storms of Life.’ It appears in the month of July on my calendar of the year 2015. Every year in December, I make a calendar of my oil paintings. I was unaware of what events would take … Continue reading

KEYNOTE Suffering a Loss

Keynote to NAMI Lane County about schizoaffective and bipolar disorder psychosis and grief   Today, I said “GoodBye,” to my friend, Amy Meyers, marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. Amy is moving 109 miles away. Losing one of your best friends, like Amy, and all the precious moments you spent together: walks through Crystal Springs Rhododendron … Continue reading

ABOUT Brazil

Travels to Brazil with Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder   My cousin, Tony, has returned from his trip to Joao Pessoa and other cities in Brazil. Our mom’s were born in Brazil and came to the states in their twenties. He had a warm time connecting with our cousins. I remember when I took a trip to … Continue reading

ARTWORK Rose

Oil Painting Schizoaffective and Bipolar Disorder   I received a gift- a beautiful ‘Flowers and Blooms’ painting book from my sweet dear friend, Susan Williams Hammer. I painted the ‘Red Rose.’ Over Christmas time, I found a painting of a ‘red rose’ catching my eye. I carefully tore the picture of the flower from the … Continue reading