I'm Judi Chamberlin, inviting you into the ups and downs of my life these days.
Here's some names that recur frequently:
Julie--my daughter Jim--my son-in-law Julie and Jim just moved from the upstairs apartment of my two-family house in the Boston area, to an apartment in a nearby town, with their children, Evelyn (14), Kyle (12), and Vivian (7), and dogs Ringo and Trixie
Marty--my "significant other"
Florence--my aunt (and honorary "mother") who lives in New Jersey
Howie--my ex-husband (through whom I get health insurance)
PCAs (personal care attendants)-- Ann B. [Laurel] Judy Diana (DEE-anna) Patti [Susan]
I have been an activist in the psychiatric survivor movement since 1971. I am the author of "On Our Own," the first book about the goals and principles of the movement (available from the National Empowerment Center (http://power2u.org/). I believe that until people labeled as "mentally ill" have the same rights as others, we will continue to be marginalized and discriminated against.