My name is Michael. I'm 33 and I am a university undergraduate currently studying for my first degree. This is how I generally see myself.
I was already on medication at the time. This was changed so many times before finding the correct combination - by the time this was achieved, I was in my early twenties and far from the scared child I had once been. Nonetheless, stigma had driven me from my home town. I never truly felt accepted or settled in that community once my diagnosis was public knowledge.
My nurse showed me I was more than my diagnosis
At the age of 29 I made a bold decision to go back to education. Things had changed since my diagnosis, and life in recent years had been better for me as a person. I felt it was the right time to try to better myself: I began college and successfully completed an access course to higher education in psychology. I then went to University of Bedfordshire to start my new life.
My son makes everything worthwhile
My life has been one that at times has scared me and let me down, but I wouldn’t change a thing for the world. The path I’ve walked has made me the person I am today: the good, the bad and the indifferent.