I’m Amado from the Philippines. I was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder 13 years ago. I have lived with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I have lost a lot: family, education, work. I suffer nightmarish delusions and bodily hallucinations. But after I wake up early morning I am filled with joy. I tell myself “I’ve survived another day.” To survive these daily toils and burdens, to sacrifice a lot for peace of mind is an accomplishment not even a champion athlete or a famous celebrity can accomplish. I look not on what I’ve failed and lost, but what I’ve survived against.
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