Sharing my ideas at WRAP class at NAMI Mercer.

I love sharing my story. My other friends at NAMI Mercer and NAMI NJ love sharing their stories too. We (consumers) find strength in sharing our stories of learning to live with and accept ourselves and that we have mental illnesses. There are physical disabilities and mental health problems or mental illnesses. I have a mental illness and I have lived with this illness since I was fourteen years old and then a sophomore in high school. I was still able to have a good life despite me being African American. I always had opportunities and options available to me since high school and the early onset of my mental illness. My life is still a good life despite difficulties I really love my life. I am writing a memoir I call Ayesha’ story The SZ Memoirs, I have this writing blog, I am a poet and have had successes in poetry and I write for children. I also have a BA in Creative Writing and I’m working on a second BA in Early Childhood Education. I couldn’t be happier for how my life turned out. I wouldn’t change anything about my life.

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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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