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Jonathan Friesen

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I had the perfect life.

I was the grade-school star and the teacher’s pet. The world revolved around me and I suspected it always would. If you ask most people about their life, they don’t begin with fifth grade. But that was a good year.

Illness changed that. I retreated into a shell and escaped into words. Writing a story sucked the pain out of me, at least for a while. That’s when I learned to “feel” on paper. I didn’t think I’d be an author, I didn’t think I’d be much of anything, I was simply writing to survive.

Life changed in college. Health returned, the cloud lifted, and I got my teaching license.

Being a teacher, and being with those kids healed me. Surrounded by them, I relived periods of time stolen by childhood sickness. I was in m

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I met her at a mental health conference.
She grabbed me following my talk, and in words both passionate and disjointed, shared a story of life with DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder. Two hours later I saw her again … the same her on the outside. Yet, in her mind, a different personality had taken over.
She didn’t know who I was.
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