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I have been silent about my diagnosis for over twenty years.  A few days ago, I came out publicly by posting the following article on Facebook and Twitter:

ewriterscoach.com/need-a-shot-in-the-arm-of-courage-to-finally-speak-your-truth-meet-rebecca/

People who have known me for thirty years or more, as well as, many relatives found out for the first time that I have schizophrenia.  Preparing to come out, proved to be harder than actually coming out.  People have been supportive and kind, but the information is new.  Will people treat me differently?  I am certain some will disappear quietly from my life, and others will look at me with a new filter.  I could say it doesn’t matter, but it really does.  I am watching very closely, and if it didn’t matter, I wouldn’t be watching at all.