HE HAS SCHIZOPHRENIA, YOUR HONOR by Sandy Turner

Once upon a time, when Casey was very sick and demonstrating symptoms of his illness in the courtroom, his overwhelmed public defender started defending Casey by speaking out on an entirely different case.  I raised my hand and said, "He has the wrong file, Your Honor."

A large bailiff came near to me so I apologized and slunk down. When his defender began speaking again, it was as if he was speaking from a routine script with no sense of what was happening to this beautiful young man's life. My son was disappearing right before our eyes.

I raised my hand again and said, "He has schizophrenia, Your Honor."

The large bailiff came and stood in front of me again, this time with his arms crossed in front of him. I apologized a second time and watched as this amazing judge got it. The prosecutor finally got it, too, and came to speak with me. I asked, "Why do they prosecute patients for displaying symptoms of their illness?" He put his head down and shook it.

One day in our trip down behavioral lane. I remember every one of them.

 Casey Alan Campbell Age 5

Casey Alan Campbell Age 5

   Casey Alan Campbell age 23

  Casey Alan Campbell age 23

October 29, 1985 - October 1, 2009

Those beautiful days!
Our fairytales did not end well.
But, oh Dede, the beautiful days we had with these amazing loves are forever.
So loving and aware of others.
I sometimes looked at Casey and thought to myself,
Where did you come from, you beautiful-hearted little soul? 💖

From the oldest