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  1. Rossa – I was so very happy to read your wonderful post about your son’s recovery. This will give me sweet dreams tonight! Would write more, but I’m so sleepy I can’t hold my head up. But just had to write a note. And your book, how wonderful — can’t wait to get it! Way to go girl!

    1. Thank you, Mary. It was such a nice message for me to receive when I woke up this morning. I really have got to get my book out there and circulating. I believe other parents need to hear from other parents that recovery can be worked at and achieved.

  2. Im very relieved to have found you. I have struggled with the system, systemic racism and everything I come across… maybe my 40 year journey will reveal, at last, some notion of fellow travellers and I maybe can have a minutes rest. I always have hope and faith and believe in that the universe will provide and that my spirit will stay strong. Thankyou for your inspiration, bless you.

    1. Hi, Bibi,
      Thanks for signing up to this blog. I do believe, like you do, that the universe will provide if we set an intention and have faith. I do wish my blog was more accessible at this moment. If you want to look at past posts they are all arranged by year and month, which is not as helpful as showing the titles of the posts as my old blog used to. I’m concentrating on editing my book right now and have not had the time to straighten things up here.
      Best regards,

      1. Dear Rossa, My mother Dolores Krest was diagnosed with S in the 60s
        When Joanne Greenburg, author of I Never Promised You a Rose garden, hired a lawyer and.had my mother released from the asylum. Mother lead a full life after leaving her identity, who she thought she was. behind. She was involved in assisting young unmarried women…without fanfare. With that said, I am looking forward to reading of your life. I will now write Joanne and ask if she knows of you and your work. david

        1. Dear David,
          What a pleasure to read that your mother got on with her life and that Joanne Greenberg was instrumental in helping her. Would you care to reveal a bit more about your mother’s life as a reply here or as a guest blogger? You can e-mail me at (I would also love to send Joanne Greenberg an advance copy of my book if she is open to it.)

  3. Thanks So much for sharing your very courageous story. It is so great to see the love which you have for your son. I’m really interested in holistic ways for people to heal through these traumas too.

    Many best wishes,


    1. Thank you, Sinead. It’s always heartening to know people like you who look for alternatives to the usual narrative that mainstream medicine spins.
      Warm regards,

  4. Any old soul is worth saving at least to a prseit, but not every soul is worth buying. So you can take the offer as a compliment. They charge the easy ones first, you know, like money, all the money there is. But who wants to be the richest guy in some cemetery?Lets hope the obituaries will cease flooding our mailboxes soon.

  5. Dear Rossa: You’re tenacious and brave with raw courageous fight for your family and son’s balance. I’ve been going through the same for 15 years. Going on four years, my son has been in a recovery program for schizophrenia receiving a monthly medication, support from dedicated and compassionate team. The only way I stumbled upon possible tangible recovery was by forced entry into the realm of becoming his guardian. I could start to envision the light in cracks of an ominous dark tunnel. As I see my son progress in small, yet beautiful increments, I wonder if he really could be without medication as his dad (who passed 1.5 years ago) so vehemently wanted in a confused state of his own illness of cirrhosis of the liver for alcoholism. Now that a healthy grieving process has enabled a stronger bond with my son, I am searching for more ways to help him through his journey of recovery and came upon your blog and looking forward to your book.

  6. Hi Rossa. My wife and I are trying to follow your highly commendable example to help our 29 year-old son out of the mental illness quagmire (schitzoaffective disorder)–by label and by nature. My wife happened to learn about your efforts in her online search. We live in the Washington DC metropolitan area in Maryland. We are trying to find peer groups and specialists in our area that may help in terms of both psychotherapy and withdrawal from meds. We thought you may be able to help out. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Kam,

      I’m sorry that I was late picking up this message. I sent a reply to your private e-mail address. If for some reason you don’t receive it, please let me know.

      Best regards,

    2. Greetings Kam,

      I have just found this information. I see this post is from 2017 but wonder if you have any information about peer groups and family support.

      I have a 23 year old daughter who has been in psychosis since 2019.

      Thank you.

  7. Laying in the hospital on a fold out chair next to my son I’m in day 2 of my young sons diagnosis. Over night my precious child seems stolen from me. Dreams hopes future all a blur. Watching the medication rapidly flowing in his direction I am gripped with fear and uncertainty all that is clear is my overwhelming sense of guilt of responsibility for this -the cause and the solution. I am reaching out to you now or anyone reading this please help me help my son.
    Thank you.

  8. Thank you for writing and publishing your journey into recovery. My son carries a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. He is 30, with his first psychotic break at age 19. My mission in life since his psychosis began is to do whatever is possible to support his full and complete recovery. He lives with me and Alrhough I sometimes feel trapped, there is no alternate route for me to go, as he is my beloved son and deserves relief from chronic psychosis. He refuses to take any medication. He has had 6 hospitalizations and 5 episodes of homelessness. I also am chronicling the observations I have (and continue to witness) as a I try and stay the course toward his recovery.

  9. I just ordered your book. My son has not been diagnosed. He has symptoms of psychosis for the past 6 months or so. He is in denial and believes his world is reality and has always been strong willed. I am sick with worry. Like all of us, I can’t believe this is happening in my family. He won’t even get blood work done (I would like his nutrients tested). He was eating hardly anything and drinking a ton of spirulina before this started. He won’t eat meat anymore. He met a person who brought him down a different path of thinking but clearly it snapped something in his brain. He had graduated college in 2018 with straight A’s and his professors loved him. He is totally different now. He LOVED football and hasn’t cared a lick about it this season. I am at a loss of what to do. He believes his world is real and all of us will be living in a different world in a few weeks. Anyway, I am looking forward to your book arriving. I am all about holistic healing. I wish there was someone I can talk with in the Tampa Bay area who would understand. I did attend a NAMI meeting last Thursday, but again, would not want him medicated. I am praying and crying and trying to stay strong. Thank you.

  10. Rossa,

    Thank you for sharing a wealth of information. Your writing is so elegant and thoughtful.

    Greatly appreciate your dedication and commitment.

    Love and Light
    Maria Mangicaro

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