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Recently I did an interview with a writer who was working on a piece about schizophrenia. The writer asked me, “Do you have any role models?”
I said, “Yes, I do. Elyn Saks is my role model.”
“Why is Elyn Saks your role model?” she asked.
“She has schizophrenia, but she is intelligent, successful, and living a fulfilling life. She isn’t amazing because she has schizophrenia she is amazing despite having schizophrenia.” I said.
Elyn Saks is successful by anyone’s standards. She has ties to two major universities (USC and UCSD) she is a lawyer and an accomplished writer. Anyone that looked at her resume would have to agree that she has impressive credentials. When comparing Elyn Saks with anyone in her field, she shines. These reasons and others are why she makes a remarkable role model for people with schizophrenia. We don’t lower the standards for her because she has schizophrenia – the standards are extremely high, and she meets and beats those standards.
Here’s a link to Rebecca’s A Journey With You – surviving schizophrenia webpage where you may find links to her numerous blogs that deal with a wide range of topics: http://ajourneywithyou.com/a-list-of-blogs-follow-to-follow/