By Thomas Williams
One day I visited Harold England and had some discussion. Suddenly, he noticed something wrong with me. He recommend me to a psychiatrist. I refused to go at first then chose to see him. In April ‘96 I saw the psychiatrist and he explained what was happening to me. He asked me if I was eating and sleeping well or hearing voices. He diagnosed me with schizophrenia. He sent me to Clarke Place Group Home. I started at April 6, 1996. Then, I met the supervisor; she took me to the classroom. I saw the clients and didn’t know them at first. So, I introduced myself and they did likewise. It took a while, but I knew them in weeks. Although, I had trouble communicating like I should, I tried.
In September ‘97, I left Clarke Place to work for my uncle. I worked for him 6 weeks. After 6 weeks were up, I went back to Clarke Place and I have been in day treatment program ever since.
Though the years I have had many jobs, such as mowing grass, picking up paper, cleaning inside of buildings and washing vans. My mother told me to stop taking my medicine at one time so I will feel better. I went about a month without taking my medicine, when Seven Matthews called me into his office. He noticed something was wrong with me and asked if I was taking my medicine. I said I haven’t taken it in about a month. He said that he was putting me in the group home to get back on my medicine and he called my mother on her job and told her what had happened. The doctor told me to stay on my medicine and I stayed in the group home for about a week. I then missed two doses of medication and was put back in the group home, this time I stayed longer.
After this I made my mind up that I was going to take my medication and not go back and that is what I have done. I have had medication changes and I moved with my sister November 4, 2011, but I have always taken my medication as the doctor prescribed. It has been over 14 years and I haven’t returned to the group home or went to the hospital, because I follow my treatment plan and take my medication. I now ride the van and attend a day treatment program three a week. I am very happy.