I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Monday, October 1, 2012

College Scholarship Available!

I got this info about a scholarship for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder to go to college in my email today:

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship Applications Available for 2013-2014 Academic Year

INDIANAPOLIS – Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) today announced that applications for the 2013-2014 school year are now available for the 15th annual Lilly Reintegration Scholarship. The program provides funding for tuition, books and lab fees to people living with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and related schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, so they may pursue and achieve their educational and vocational goals. Information is available at www.reintegration.com.

I didn't include all of article, because I thought it made it sound like going to school or getting a job are the only ways to reintegrate into society and that is just not true.  One can be a valuable member of society by going to support groups and being a good, supportive group member.  One can do volunteer work or join a meetup group about a hobby.  A person can make artwork or play an instrument or sing in a group.  One can take care of animals or write a blog.  There are so many ways to be a part of society and I just don't want anyone to get the idea that one has failed if they don't have the right schooling or the right job.  I say that, because I felt that way myself for many years.  I felt like a failure, because I don't make enough to live on my own and because I didn't finish music therapy school, but there is so much more to me than that.  I am a success at living in recovery and in being a friend and those are much more valuable markers of success than a job, money, housing or schooling.  Still, it is a pretty cool scholarship - it almost makes me wish that I was still diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder!

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