From an early age, Sandra Yuen MacKay has coped with an abnormality of the brain now called schizoaffective disorder. Hoping to inspire and inform families and the general public with her story, Sandra Yuen MacKay describes her battle with paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions in My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery From Mental Illness (Dundas, Ontario: Bridgeross $19.95). "My life is schizophrenic because I have schizophrenia,"; she says. "It will always be there."; Sandra Yuen MacKay subsequently received the 2012 Courage to Come Back Award for Mental Health from Coast Mental Health.

Sandra Yuen MacKay was born in Vancouver, BC in 1965. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC. She is of Chinese descent. She has articles, stories and poems published in Front Magazine, The Bulletin, The Prairie Journal and other print publications. Besides being a writer, she is an artist and public speaker on recovery. She has a Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, majoring in art history. She has taught creative writing. She also has experience as a columnist then editor of Majestic, an online newsletter for Lit.org, a writers' forum.

BOOKS:

My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery From Mental Illness (Dundas, Ontario: Bridgeross 2011) $19.95 978-0-9810037-9-5

[BCBW 2012]