So here I am. I never thought that I would start my own website. Then again, even in my wildest dreams I never imagined that I would be diagnosed with schizophrenia. So here I am attempting to share my story with the world. I am Renee Kylie. I have struggled with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and at the age of 27 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. My ongoing battle with mental illness does not define me. I am so much more than that. I am a registered nurse, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a friend and somebody's partner.
My aim is to raise awareness on mental illness and I hope to reach others with similar struggles. If you are struggling and take anything from this just know that you are not alone. 1 in 100 people are living with schizophrenia. Millions of people around the world are living with a mental illness. Mental illness is no different than having a physical illness like diabetes or heart disease. Each one is manageable but for some reason mental illness carries a stigma.
By sharing my story I hope that people will open their eyes and their hearts to the reality of mental illness. I hope that people will start to understand the pain and suffering that is inflicted on not only the family but also the person suffering from the illness. It is real, and it is completely heart breaking to watch someone you love fall victim to his or her own mind. We are all human and we are all vulnerable to mental illness. Together we can break the stigma. The first step is to start understanding and accepting the people who suffer from schizophrenia.
Life. It's beautiful, complicated, magical, and destructive. It's messy. It's filled with heartwarming moments and so much heartache. It's terrifying yet thrilling. It's good and it's bad. But to be honest, I don't know if I would want it any other way."