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Special Encore Presentation: Growing Up with a Mother with Schizophrenia

Special Encore Presentation: Growing Up with a Mother with Schizophrenia

Anika Francis was first exposed to schizophrenia at the age of three when her mother, Sakeenah Francis, was diagnosed with it. Sakeenah lived in and out of mental hospitals. For the past fifteen years, she’s been recovering after hitting rock bottom and choosing to stay on her medicine for her sake and her family’s. They both discuss their careers and work. Anika talks about her book, “Love's All That Makes Sense”, http://bridgeross.com/francis.html. Sakeenah explains the speeches she makes for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, http://www.nami.org/. They describe their experiences with schizophrenia and discuss the 25 years of challenges they both experienced and the ways they overcame them. They talk about ways to increase help for children growing up with mothers with schizophrenia and for their mothers. They share their messages for children of parents with schizophrenia and for family caregivers for loved ones with schizophrenia and for mothers recovering from schizophrenia.

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