Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Not Like the Others: Katie's Story of Mental Illness and Recovery

October 29, 2021 Randye Kaye Season 2 Episode 3
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Not Like the Others: Katie's Story of Mental Illness and Recovery
Show Notes

Guest: Katie Sanford , blogger, "Not Like the Others"

“You raise expectations, and raised expectations are what people need.” - Mindy

From Katie's blog:

"Throughout the course of my life with schizoaffective disorder, I have always been considered high functioning. But high functioning doesn’t mean my life is normal or even symptom-free. "

Katie Sanford is a blogger and advocate living with schizoaffective disorder who uses her insights and experiences to  promote a deeper understanding of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. She details her experiences on her blog, Not Like The Others, and is also an ambassador for NAMI Chicago involved with Crisis Intervention Training. She has been a guest speaker for college classes, webinars, and podcasts, and her story has been featured on platforms like Women's Health Online.


Tell us Your Story!

How does schizoaffective disorder impact you at work?

How does it impact your relationships?

Is an outcome like yours possible for everyone?

And why do you think it's important for people to hear from individuals with lived experience?

What role has family played for you in your recovery? - support, treatment, early diagnosis

Advice for practitioners? - Believe your  patients more

From article she wrote for The Mighty: 

“Receiving a mental health diagnosis isn’t the end of your life, it’s just the beginning of a new chapter. But it may be daunting or terrifying. When I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, I had no idea what my future would look like...While my mind went spinning into denial, fear and acceptance that life as I knew it was over, a part of me clung to hope and refused to give up.

Hope wasn’t enough to solve all my problems.”


Who Are the 3 Moms?

Randye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices”)

Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It

Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)