Ayesha’s story: a memoir

I am writing my life story from early onset of my Schizophrenia at age fourteen to my life right now in my 30s. The first part of my memoir is my early onset of my mental illness (Schizophrenia) to now me in my 30s and doing so much better having “made peace with my illness” and all of that good stuff. I no longer blame other people for my shortcomings or weakness or struggles. I know that if it was God’s will then there was some reason for my suffering. One day the reason will be known and obvious at some time in the future. If I suffer and have been suffering I believe that there was a reason that I suffered. Nothing just happens there is a reason for everything that happens in life we just don’t always know why but there is always a reason. I got lucky and Edi Giunta liked me enough to support me for my last two semesters at NJCU starting to write my memoir she affectionately calls My Schizophrenia Autobiography. I smile wherever I think of the word idiosyncratic. I will have a memoir soon. By next January I want to have 40,000 words (word count) and by June or the following January I want to have 60,000 words. I’m working on a book length memoir project! I am so happy. So far I have like 55 pages typed written and everything! I will keep going.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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