Welcome and happy Sunday…

Welcome to my new followers~

How I appreciate you all~

There is a method to my madness~

Not as mad as I once was 2006-2008.  Hearing voices, hallucinating, buzzing and messages I had to write down and give to various priests and people.  No one was safe except for a few.  The devil even attacked me and my daughter one night.  God was at the center of all my delusions.

But once I started the antipsychotic drugs everything pretty much stopped.  I went on to earn my Master’s Degree in psychology and worked in the field 2011-2015 until stress caused a relapse of symptoms.  I took a Sociology Teaching job at our local community college and loved it and my students appreciated my teaching until a fight erupted in the classroom and stress again took me out.

I am now on permanent disability and I enjoy writing, gardening, doing yoga, meditating, walking, cooking, cleaning, tidying, and spending time with family and my pups.

I have written a May series on the mentioned activities above but have taken a little break.  Not sure anyone liked the cleaning one haha.  That’s ok.  It’s just where I am at.

Today is Sunday so taking a rest day.  Just some light yoga later and some cooking…

Hope you all have a great day and week ahead!

Pax

Victoria

Guest article on financial planning for people with disabilities…

guest4 Essential Financial Planning Steps for People Who Live With Disabilities

Living with a disability can mean living with extra care costs. While you may be fully prepared to pay for those expenses now, life can be full of unexpected surprises. If those surprises impacted your income, whether due to a job loss or sudden injury, could your family afford the added expenses? If you can’t readily answer this question, it may be time to sit down and come up with a financial plan for your future. Without adequate planning, your loved ones could end up footing the bill and feeling overwhelmed. Thankfully, these steps can prevent that added stress.

Signing Up for Adequate Life Insurance

Although no one likes to think about it, if you pass away, that can put an immense financial burden on loved ones. But you can help your loved ones avoid this hassle by buying life insurance online. Online calculators and comparison charts make it easier than ever to shop for life insurance without the need to speak with an agent or even leave your own living room. In the event of your untimely passing, your loved ones can use the proceeds from your policy to replace lost income and help pay for other living costs. You should be aware, however, that a Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder diagnosis might make it tough to qualify for a large sum. Instead, you may need to apply for a guaranteed benefit policy, which is often more expensive and has a lower benefit.

Adding a Final Expense Insurance Policy

If you want even more financial protection for your surviving loved ones in the event of your death, you should also consider purchasing final expense insurance. Unlike life insurance, this sort of policy typically only pays out enough to offset funeral expenses, unpaid medical bills, and other costs that are directly related to your death. By adding final expense coverage, you can provide some added financial cushion for family members so that they can reserve payouts from your traditional life insurance policy for other costs and expenses. The average American funeral can cost $7,000 to $10,000, and that’s only for minimal burial and memorial options, so having extra final expense coverage could save your family a lot of stress during their time of grief.

Considering Long-Term Care Insurance

Will you need long-term care in the future? Over half of all seniors in America will need some variety of long-term care in their lifetime, and the costs of that care can be overwhelming, even if seniors only need care for a couple of years. So if you want to be prepared for your care needs, you need to come up with a financial plan for covering long-term care expenses. For many people, that means buying long-term care insurance. If you are currently in your 60s, 50s, or even younger, long-term care insurance can be much more affordable, so the key is to start shopping early. Purchasing long-term care insurance can prevent your spouse, children, or other family members from having to struggle to find ways to pay for the long-term care you may need. You may also be able to help pay for long-term care by selling your home, so it’s a good idea to stay informed on how much you can make from a sale. Keep in mind how much equity you have in your home and the assorted fees, taxes, and commissions you’ll owe after selling.

Saving Enough for Other Retirement Expenses

Care expenses can already be a major financial burden for retirees, but there are a few unexpected healthcare costs that can take seniors by surprise. Dental care, prescription drugs, and preventative care can all result in added expenses that are not covered by traditional Medicare policies, so it’s especially important for those who are living with disabilities to include these potential healthcare costs in their financial plan for retirement. Estate planning is also important, and signing up for life insurance can be a good start. Still, your estate plan should also include legal documents that will allow loved ones to make decisions regarding your care, your estate, or your final expenses, including a will and the right power of attorney documents.

You may not be able to see into the future, but you don’t need superpowers to create a solid financial plan for your future expenses. Living with a disability can mean even more expense for your loved ones if something should happen to you. So make sure that you have a financial plan for both the expected and the unexpected.

Thank you Ed Carter for writing this and caring about many by sharing such helpful information.

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Coming soon the benefits of???

Pax

Victoria

Part One~ Interesting facts on my Schizophrenia love journey…

None of this is made up.  My memory serves me well when I remember things due to my creativity.  I forget boring things most the time.  You let me know will you please if this is all very weird?  I am not delusional right now for some time now due to the CBD oil I take called Goterpy which I am selling now.  So many benefits but will skip for now as I want to share  the all very odd occurrences since my birth.

  • Born in 1969, first year with man on the moon to celebrate my coming into this world. ok maybe I still am delusional to some extent ha ha.  Anyway the first few years of my life were happy.  Until…
  • Can’t say for sure when or why the turn occurred.  But my earliest moments of oddities were at age 5 bilocating by floating down the hall at the top of the ceiling at night to observe my parents as they watched tv in the family room.
  • No fear then and no real fear now as I face my most difficult time ever but am doing it all very well.
  • My dad is my heart and soul and that is all I shall say about him.  When he finally dies and gets to go home to our Precious Lord Jesus I will die inside and hope it doesn’t cause me backtracking of my disorder…

At times I am very detached from things in this world.  But I am never detached from God…

end of part one

part two on how I thought everyone experienced strange occurrences as a child… coming soon!

pax

Victoria

Part One~ Interesting facts on my Schizophrenia love journey…

None of this is made up.  My memory serves me well when I remember things due to my creativity.  I forget boring things most the time.  You let me know will you please if this is all very weird?  I am not delusional right now for some time now due to the CBD oil I take called Goterpy which I am selling now.  So many benefits but will skip for now as I want to share  the all very odd occurrences since my birth.

  • Born in 1969, first year with man on the moon to celebrate my coming into this world. ok maybe I still am delusional to some extent ha ha.  Anyway the first few years of my life were happy.  Until…
  • Can’t say for sure when or why the turn occurred.  But my earliest moments of oddities were at age 5 bilocating by floating down the hall at the top of the ceiling at night to observe my parents as they watched tv in the family room.
  • No fear then and no real fear now as I face my most difficult time ever but am doing it all very well.
  • My dad is my heart and soul and that is all I shall say about him.  When he finally dies and gets to go home to our Precious Lord Jesus I will die inside and hope it doesn’t cause me backtracking of my disorder…

At times I am very detached from things in this world.  But I am never detached from God…

end of part one

part two on how I thought everyone experienced strange occurrences as a child… coming soon!

pax

Victoria

Short bio

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Victoria and I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder (SA), which is basically Schizophrenia plus depression; this blog journals my progress from fall 2013 to now although I was diagnosed in 2008. I have experienced both the positive (hallucinations and delusions) and negative symptoms (lack of motivation, flat affect. social difficulties) of Schizophrenia and while the positive symptoms have been under control with Risperdal, since being diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder by UCLA in 2008, I have still suffered from the negative symptoms until recently when my psychiatrist added Latuda. Post diagnosis I received my Masters Degree in Psychology and used to work in the mental health field until stress caused me to try to go on permanent disability in September 2015.

I started this blog in fall 2013 which journals my personal recovery from Schizophrenia. The earliest entries chart my psychotic period 2006/2007 with much in between and my current focus is managing the negative symptoms of Schizophrenia. I welcome all feedback and enjoy meeting new people through this blog and other articles I have written. I have also written a book which is available on Amazon by me, Victoria Marie Alonso- My personal recovery from Schizophrenia, which is for loved ones or those afflicted with this disorder. This blog has been viewed over 11000 times and by over 50 countries! Bienvenidos a todos! Welcome to all!

Please feel free to email me to share your story or that of a loved one at:victoriamariealonso@yahoo.com

Other mental health providers or researchers are welcome to ask any questions, as well.

 

Pax

Victoria