A few months ago, I got a message on this blog from Jessica Leach. She is studying at Norwich Art College (across the pond from the U.S.) to earn her Masters in Communication Design. She wanted to do a graphic novel about the experience of Schizophrenia. I sent her some of my story in email. Well, it isn't printed in book form yet, but Jessica's book is completed, and you can see it online here: http://episodesself-negotiatedunit.blogspot.com/.
Some of the story is mine, and some comes from other people. I have to say that the portions of the story that are mine are so spot-on in the way that she displays them that they look much like my memories of my experiences (other than that she has never seen me so the girl in the story doesn't entirely look like me, but that is not the point of it!). It actually brought back some bad memories, but those memories are never far from my mind. Seeing my story in pictures made me hopeful that Jessica's book will educate some people about serious mental illness and combat some of the stigma that exists. It may be her school project, but who knows how many people will view her website. She did an absolutely EXCELLENT job! Bravo, Jessica.
Please take the time to visit Jessica's blog and take a look at her book!