Adam Holbrook's Story
In early 1974, I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Since that
time, I have authored two books, Dear Mom and Shining On,* which are chronicles
of my life as a homeless person with mental illness.
I reside in Columbus Grove, Ohio, with my wife and four children. I am
a guest writer for The Ada Herald newspaper in Ada, Ohio, and have been
a guest on many radio and television programs and a featured speaker for
NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) groups throughout Ohio and
Indiana. I served in the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Service Specialist
and a Psychiatric Ward Specialist, and I earned an associate's degree in
business administration from the University of Northwest Ohio and a certificate
in desktop publishing through a home study program.
The first of several significant points in my life that have contributed
to my recovery was when I married my wife, Mary, nearly 25 years ago. Mary
has been by my side through immeasurable crisis situations. There have
been many middle-of-the-night trips to the hospital, and she has spent
many a long night listening to me ramble on about whatever, at that moment,
had power over my mind. Together she and I have endured the three-steps-forward,
two-steps-back progress of my recovery. Mary is a jewel and I thank God
that He brought her my way.
Another turning point came on September 17, 1980, when God came into my
life. My religious beliefs have somewhat altered through the years but
God remains a vital part of my life.
I have seen many therapists, been confined in many hospitals, and have
been on many medications. Some helped. Some didn't. But there came a day
when I internalized the fact that life had given me lemons so the only
thing to do was to make lemonade.
Every day has its problems and challenges. My lemonade stand has sometimes
been closed, often for days. But through all the tears, fears, and frustrations,
we must remember that God in heaven loves us - and keep shining on.