Portrait of Bethany Yeiser

Stories of hope written by people who lived through schizophrenia have played a vital role in my own recovery. When my life was totally disabled by schizophrenia, I needed proof that others had reclaimed their lives, and that I could too.

Today, I include myself in a brave group of people who consider themselves to be “Schizophrenia Survivors.” We have beat schizophrenia, and are proud of it. The experience has made us stronger.

Some of our Survivors have offered their contact information, and are available to answer your questions and offer you encouragement.

Bethany Yeiser, President, CURESZ Foundation


Portrait of BrandonBrandon Staglin

Brandon Staglin is director of marketing and communications for Staglin Family Vineyard, and serves on the Board of Directors of One Mind.



Rebecca with her husbandRebecca Chamma

Rebecca Chamaa graduated with a liberal arts degree from Evergreen State College in 1989. Originally from Washington state, she attended an American high school in Cairo, Egypt, where she met her future husband.


Portrait of Ashley SmithAshley Smith

Ashley Smith, author, peer counselor, and mother lives a quality life with schizophrenia.





Victorias dogVictoria Marie Alonso

Victoria Marie Alonso is married and the mother of three adult children. She developed schizophrenia as an adult. In her memoir, My Personal Recovery from Schizophrenia, she describes the onset of schizophrenia as receiving messages from God which she was unable to ignore.


Susan WeinerSusan Weiner

Confused, delusional and psychotic, Susan dropped out of her graduate program. Delusional, she once believed she had embarked on a quest to save the United States from a terrible holocaust, perpetrated by an evil dictator. Today, recovered for many years, she lives an ordinary life.




If you would like more information about Schizophrenia Survivors, please contact Bethany Yeiser, at bethany.yeiser@curesz.org.

Every personal story of recovery from schizophrenia is unique, and a needed contribution.

Disclaimer: Schizophrenia Survivors are not representatives of the CURESZ Foundation.