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Growing up with an aunt diagnosed with Schizophrenia, I witnessed firsthand the amount of stigma associated with a person living with a mental illness. Every day we witnessed the stares, the name calling, and the misunderstanding.  My aunt is just like anyone else. A devoted mother of two, a sister, a fantastic cook, and someone I can always count on to make me smile when I’m having a bad day. Yes, some days are better than others, but who hasn’t experienced a bad day?
 
 Although many people did not understand her condition, my family sought treatment, and her condition improved. Recovery is POSSIBLE. Stigma is felt by many, and that’s why I bowl. One day I hope we can erase the stigma that surrounds people living with mental illnesses, and replaced that with understanding.

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