As a new NAMI Family to Family co-teacher, I am so grateful that you wrote this intensely personal account of positive things that have happened to Neil. The Caregivers of loved ones with mental illness which I help teach need to hear these positives especially when they perceive like you once did that there is no future for their loved one with mental illness. We must all speak out and let the world know that mental illness is not a crime or prison sentence but an illness like diabetes or high blood pressure. You can't see the injury or miswiring of the brain of someone with mental illness. They deserve our love and respect.