I was born in Fresno, CA., the grandchild of Mexican immigrants. Professionally, I am an educator. I have been teaching at a community college in the Bay Area for twelve years. I took some time off work, however, to try and get help for my mom, who was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, a serious mental illness (SMI), in the summer of 2007. Her health greatly deteriorated the last few years, largely due to her being unable to take adequate care of herself. If I didn’t take her in when I did, in February of 2016, I knew she wouldn’t live much longer.
Despite my best efforts, however, I lost my mama in February 2018, almost two years to the day I moved her in with me in Modesto, CA. I wouldn’t find out until three months after she moved in with me that she had kidney disease. It’d be her immediate cause of death, but the underlying and main causes were her SMI and a grossly unjust mental healthcare system. As I tell people now, I will never forgive. I will never forget.
My mom, and others like her, deserve to live with more respect and dignity than they were given and shown. This blog was, initially, an attempt to get help and support for us. The mainstream media wasn’t very interested in covering our situation and story, though. So now, it will mainly be used for MH advocacy and some updates and reflection on how I’m dealing with the aftermath of my mama passing. I have my own MH struggles, it turns out, too. I miss and love you, mom. I will continue fighting in honor of you.
You can contact me through email: firstname.lastname@example.org