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Equinox Nine Lives, John’s story:

Equinox Lewisham logo“My first name is John. I am 58 years this year. I feel happy because I have the opportunity to voice my opinion and share my experiences in mental health.

“I was born in Nigeria, approximately 1956. My Mum died when I was very young. My father was in Great Britain during the Biafran War. So I was left in a village with only my granddad, who did not speak a word of English and didn’t know much about education.  I had to learn how to cook, get the firewood, bring the water from the well. Yeah, I grew up very quickly.

“It all began approximately 1972. I divided.  I became aware of mental health approximately 1978 when I got to know that there is something called schizophrenia. Although schizophrenia is not my enemy. I was about 16 to 18 years old when I began. Although I did not panic when I divided.

“If I can visualise tomorrow, which I am trying to do, if I put my life on a scale, tomorrow is better than yesterday.

“I’ve just learned how to laugh not long ago. I used to be so handsome, I looked miserable. But I’m able to smile and laugh now. I laugh because my mind is a lot better than what it used to be.”

More stories from Equinox Lewisham in 2014:

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John talks about growing up in Nigeria, schizophrenia and learning to laugh

4th February 2015

Equinox Nine Lives, John’s story:

Equinox Lewisham logo“My first name is John. I am 58 years this year. I feel happy because I have the opportunity to voice my opinion and share my experiences in mental health.

“I was born in Nigeria, approximately 1956. My Mum died when I was very young. My father was in Great Britain during the Biafran War. So I was left in a village with only my granddad, who did not speak a word of English and didn’t know much about education.  I had to learn how to cook, get the firewood, bring the water from the well. Yeah, I grew up very quickly.

“It all began approximately 1972. I divided.  I became aware of mental health approximately 1978 when I got to know that there is something called schizophrenia. Although schizophrenia is not my enemy. I was about 16 to 18 years old when I began. Although I did not panic when I divided.

“If I can visualise tomorrow, which I am trying to do, if I put my life on a scale, tomorrow is better than yesterday.

“I’ve just learned how to laugh not long ago. I used to be so handsome, I looked miserable. But I’m able to smile and laugh now. I laugh because my mind is a lot better than what it used to be.”

More stories from Equinox Lewisham in 2014:

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