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  1. Leah

    I stumbled across your blog today while searching for some hope. My husband has been battling with schizoaffective disorder since 2005. You have truly turned my day, and my attitude, around. I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know.

    I commend you for your courage to write about your painful and frustrating journey. I commend you for your courage and your willingness to keep fighting! Your unique perspective on life as colored by mental illness has helped me better understand my own husband’s challenges and leaves me refreshed today with a renewed sense of hope and commitment to helping my husband continue to battle his affliction.

    Just like I tell my husband and your husband tells you, don’t give up! People like you give people like me hope that our loved ones CAN overcome this horrible disease. You’ve reminded me today that this is so much harder for the sufferer than it is for the supporter, as well as a lot of other things I already “knew” but needed to be reminded of. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Jen

      Thank you Leah for your kind words. I’m glad that I am able to provide some encouragement and hope for others. It’s important to know that we are not alone in this struggle. Your comments are very encouraging, and I wish you and your husband all the best.

  2. M

    Hi,
    I’m a “supportive girlfriend” (by boyfriend has schizoaffective disorder) and I’ve loved reading your blog in the past few weeks. Thanks for sharing with everyone your story and resources.
    Thanks,
    M

    • Jen

      Thank you M. I’m glad you found my story helpful. I hope I can be encouraging! Jen

  3. Hi Jen,
    I just saw that you have my blog listed on your site. Thanks so much for the mention. I would love for you to do an interview for my Friday Blogger’s in the Spotlight. I think your blog would be a wonderful choice to promote. If you are interested, just email me at wendy.mccance@yahoo.com and I will send you all the information.

    All the best,
    Wendy

    • Jen

      Thank you Wendy! Looking forward to my interview!

      Jen

  4. Trace

    My fiance has Schizoaffective disorder and was diagnosed a good 12 years ago. He generally manages it well but I am still learning about it all and trying to get as much information and advise as possible so I can support him as best as I can. I have loved reading your blog and just wanted to thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jen

      You’re welcome Trace! I’m happy to share and provide all the resources I can. Thank you for writing! Jen

  5. Hi Jen,
    I just wanted to let you know that your interview has just been posted on my blog at: http://searchingforthehappiness.wordpress.com You did a great interview and I’m sure you will see a lot of traffic. Please feel free to comment back to any person who leaves a comment about the interview.

    All the best,
    Wendy

    • Jen

      Great! Thank you so much Wendy! I appreciate it!

  6. Hi –

    I happened onto your blog, and found your story very inspiring. I also have schizoaffective disorder/bipolar disorder, and was first diagnosed about twenty years ago. It’s been very difficult, a wild ride, but I’m currently at a very dynamic equilibrium.

    Currently I work for the federal government here in British Columbia, Canada in an administrative position. Like you, I have tried my hand at writing as well, but am on hiatus at the moment.

    I am looking forward to reading more about you in the days ahead!

    Coralie

    • Jen

      Thank you Coralie! Your note is so encouraging for me and I think also for anyone suffering from a mental illness. I am currently working on my memoir as well as maintaining my blog, and I’m fortunate to have a very loving husband who encourages me along the way. Best wishes! Jen

  7. Hi Jen,
    I happened upon your website on my way to post an announcement on my groups on LInkedIn about my new post on MY website and I was blown away! I suffer from major depressiive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, and phobias, and have been hospitalized six times. Although I do not thoroughly understand what you go through, I do relate to much of what you say, and I commend you for telling your story. I can appreciate the courage that took. I am writing my stories and articles and posting them on my site. I can only hope to be as much inspiration as you are on yours.

    • Jen

      Hello Peggy,

      Thank you so much for leaving me a comment on my blog! I read some of your blog posts and I am so impressed and encouraged by your courage and strength over the course of your life. I hope you continue writing blog posts of all your memories. Your life experiences are so inspiring for other women in all kinds of circumstances, and I really hope you are able to reach many people. You’re a great source of hope!

      Jen

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