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:
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.