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Michele Gyselinck

About Me: 

I am a 61-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 40th 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.


I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.

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On Pain and Lament

As many people who experience suffering from mental illnesses know, this affliction often causes extreme psychological and emotional anguish. I’ve personally found my most meaningful Scripture text in Lamentations. 

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  •  The book of Lamentations, especially Lamentations 3:19-33 which is my preferred text.  It is the text that speaks the most to my experience with schizophrenia.