Schizophrenia is a cruel interrupter of life’s plans, hopes and dreams. In making this statement, I speak from the heart, as my own daughter’s young life has been deeply affected by this diagnosis. Not only does schizophrenia insidiously and profoundly alter the perception and judgment of the person affected, but also carries great potential to sever relationships with the people who love and support them the most. It is a double edged sword that cuts two ways. The word schizophrenia immediately evokes strong societal stigma powered by ignorance and fear. Instead of being embraced by society with compassion and support, all too often people with schizophrenia and their families are laid open to a unique type of judgement and rejection. Not only does this foster isolation, but also assigns a heavy burden of undeserved blame and guilt. Schizophrenia is a medical diagnosis, not a result of family dysfunction. Until society becomes better educated, people with schizophrenia will remain vulnerable to condemnation and rejection instead of help, healing, recovery, and the societal support readily extended to people afflicted by most other illnesses. As a medical professional and mental health advocate, I am passionate to educate and affect positive change in the way people with schizophrenia are perceived by the public. As a mother, I have a heart to reach out to patients and families with a message of encouragement and hope. And, as a Christian, I embrace God’s plan for my life and seek to follow wherever he leads me.