Excerpt from Gloria's Road: A Schizophrenic Woman's Perilous Path to
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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER ONEA “NORMAL” CHILDHOOD
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of the sound of Pastor Yeager’s shoes on the pavement was far from
realistic. To me, it sounded like the Crucifixion, the pounding of nails
through the hands of the Lord.
This was the
beginning of a nightmare. Everyone in the mental health inpatient unit
seemed to be able to read my thoughts.
described everything as being “muddled.” My symptoms were also
manifested in visual misperceptions. One of the other patients, for
example, showed me a picture of her cat, which appeared to have
fluorescent green eyes that popped out at me . . .
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I was born in a small town in Pennsylvania on September 13, 1959, the
first daughter in a family that would eventually grow to have three
children. I have an older brother I’ll call Johnny; a sister I’ll call
Peggy came along four years later. Because my brother and I were closer
in age than my sister and I, he and I were closer, period. I remember
how awesomely protective Johnny was of me.
felt an incessant need for attention, which often backfired on me. When
I was about three, during my potty-training days, I used to lie down and
kick and scream until my mom came and pulled my pants up. Finally, one
day, she grabbed hold of me and spanked me. Needless to say, I never did
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