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Michele Gyselinck

About Me: 

I am a 62-year-old woman. I was born in Montreal and grew up in a western suburb of the city. I became a confessing member of the local CRC, First Christian Reformed Church of Monreal on May 15, 1977, so this year will be the 43rd anniversary of that event. I have two B.A.s, one in LInguistics and the other in English Studies with a Major in Professional Writing in English. I developed schizophrenia around the age of 28.

Interests: 

I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.

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My Cousin Élise

Élise was a bright young woman who developed paranoid psychosis at roughly the same age as I did my schizophrenia—around mid-twenties to early thirties. The two illnesses are related. They are both psychotic.

Disability Concerns
  •   Thanks, but I think you misunderstood what I wrote.  My mom is still recovering from a sinusitis, so she gets tired easily--and she's 94 now by the way--but financially she's okay.  I'm the one...

  •   Thanks, but I think you misunderstood what I wrote.  My mom is still recovering from a sinusitis, so she gets tired easily--and she's 94 now by the way--but financially she's okay.  I'm the one...

  •  Since then the cost of a monthly pass for public transit has increased to $88,50.  And my mom is 94.

  •  The more I think about that documentary--Schizophrenia: Stolen Minds, Stolen Lives--the more the narrator's harping on the notion that the minds of people with schizophrenia are shattered, the...

  •  Thank you.

  • How sad!  Why do those agencies always assume that bad behaviour is caused by abuse in the home?  You'd think they would at least do their homework and check things out before removing a child.  ...

  •  As a rule I avoid fiction altogether.  there is one series I watch only in the day time, and so far I have not seen any rapes taking place in it.  It is a series about a police precinct and...

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  •  Last year while I was attending the Conference in Windsor, I bought the book Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah, and the Scripture text that speaks to me the most is Lamentations 3:19-33.  Feel...

  •   Here in Montreal, the maximum limit for indoor gatherings is 250 people.  Since our congregation is nowhere near that when we're all there, which is rare since we have housebound people, there...

  • Actually, I'm still part of Community Supper.  The wife of the couple in charge convinced me to stay on.