A story about my father developing schizophrenia, and the resulting effects on him and his family.
This must be really hard for you. I’m studying this illness for a school project and how it can effect family members. I was wondering if you would be interested in answering a few questions relating to the topic, “What are the impacts of schizophrenia on the immediate family of the sufferer?”
If your interested, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure if you received my email, but I would gladly answer some questions … so, ask away 🙂
Hey, I don’t think I did, please try sending it again and I can email you from there 🙂
Or post your email so I can try to email you.
I’ll reply to you here since it seems to work better than email (I blame Yahoo!) I will fill out your survey questions within the next few days and message you again then. If I’m taking too long, just let me know.
In answer to your email statements/questions – 1. (“This must be really hard on you.”) As a matter of fact, Aaron’s situation has been immensely hard on him, but he’s accepted his permanent situation. Personally, for me, growing up in a family with a large amount of mental illness has always been what I’ve been used to, but there are certain hardships involved, I suppose.
2. (“How did Aaron get into jail?”) Thanks for your compliments on the drawings and everything. You’d most likely be a bit surprised shocked by Aaron’s crime; it’s not a pretty story. I can go into more detail, but I guess that I want to make sure that this will stay somewhat private. I don’t necessarily want my current coworkers or manager to know about what’s happened with my brother.
Anyway, I think it’s great that you’re doing a project on this, and I am happy to help you out. I’ll be answering the survey questions soon. If you include my responses in your project, please also include a reference/link to the blog, https://niceguyadamo.wordpress.com/
Thank you for wanting to participate, and there is no rush, I have about 2 weeks till I have to hand the project in. I will definitely reference your blog as I have to reference how I collected info and talk about sources in detail and you have/will supply a lot of info for me so thank you again.
I filled out the questions on the link, so I hope you received them. Feel free to quote anything from my blog in your report as well; the Preface has a little personal info, as I’m sure you noticed.
Thanks for including me in your report, and I wish you good luck with it! Let me know if you have any more questions – I’ll send this to you via WordPress also.
Thank you for supplying as much info as you can, you have really helped. If I need any more info, I will just ask here or I will just email you.
I just have one simple question,
Is it hard for you to support Aaron and keep in contact with him. You try your best to, because he is your brother and you love him but is it stressful or difficult at all?
Good to hear from you – I’d love to see a copy of your study/report someday, and I’m pleased to answer another question.
At first, after his arrest, it was difficult to maintain contact. He could call me from county jail, but I couldn’t call him. So we only spoke when I was able to answer his random calls, which had a limit of 10 minutes.
So we maintained contact through letter-writing, and I did manage to visit him once there, but it was a video-only visit, where you spoke into a camera and watched each other on screens.
Luckily, he was transferred to the Oakdale Correctional Facility, which is within a few miles of my Iowa City home. I’ve been assuming that he would be sent to an Iowa prison, but for now, he’s in the Oakdale mental facility.
We don’t talk much on the phone now, since the prison rates a bit costly, but I can visit him in person, shake hands and hug, and sit down for snacks and cards or board games. I make it out to see him for an hour or two once every two or three weeks. And of course, we continue to write each other.
On a final note, I will say that in the past, there were moments when it was quite difficult to support Aaron. Within the past few years, he had some incidents that involved binge drinking for days, on top of his intense medications, and would occasionally end up cutting himself, which landed him in the hospital a couple times.
I’m going to wrap this up now … feel like I’m rambling 🙂
I’ll send you a copy of it once I get the results back if you like, which will probably be in the new year. Thank you, this has really helped.
Also, would I be okay if I used your name and Aarons in my report, and would it be possible if I mention that he is in care, after being in jail, only just to state that you had found it difficult to contact him and it was difficult to support him in the past.
I hope you and Aaron are doing well,
Sounds good. Yes, using our names and the facts of his current whereabouts is fine … it’s all part of our life stories 🙂
It’s been nice interacting with you; stay in touch. I’ll be interested to see a copy of the report sooner or later.
Its been a while and I just wanted you to know that I received my marks back! I had got 14/15 which I am very proud of. Thank you again for your help and let me know if your still interested in seeing a copy of my work.
Great to hear – good job! I’d love to see a copy; just email me a link at email@example.com Or I can give you my address for a hard copy.
Nice to hear from you again,
I just sent it, let me know if you have received it or not.
I did – great work! You put together a very interesting report there, and certainly deserved the high marks you received.
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