Persistence & The Serenity Prayer, Lance’s New Year’s Message

December 31, 2012

I am so grateful I no longer use drugs. My drug habit was “the nail in the coffin” for my Schizophrenia. After 5 trips to the hospital I still persevered to get clean and well. I love my life and I try every day to keep going strong. I am grateful for my support group for not giving up on me and myself for persisting.  After 10 years and 3 rehabs, 5 hospitalizations and a homeless mess, I came back to life. I needed strength and confidence to leave the hospital and make it on the streets of New York. Every day I wake up in the morning, living progressively gets better. Every day I thank G-d for giving me back my soul. I will always have my schizoaffective disorder but I still thrive and shoot for excellence.  Slowly but surely, I progress to be a better person and productive member of society. I try to give hope to others and myself. Every day I wake up I know my disease did not get the best of me or any of my supporters. I know my sickness actually affected all my supporters but most of all, it affected my family. My aunt and my mother told me once “We are all in this together!”

“G-d grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Lance Sheena


  1. Denise Pyper says:

    I am so PROUD of this young man…..and his family. I have renewed “hope” that things can and do change. We are all in this together…..thanks for sharing, Lance and Susan.

  2. I am moved to tears, Lance, by your share. Gd doesn’t give up on us if we dont give up on ourselves, does He… Thankfully you have a strong loving family that has stayed with you along this tremendously difficult journey. But the credit goes to you, Lance, for all the work that you have done and continue to do that allows you to live a meaningful and healthy life today. May Gd bless you always!

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