Blogs by Patrick Joesph Schnerch
All or Nothing!
1/15/2009 10:32:31 PM
There is nothing else left. This is my mind heart and soul to make a differnce. This may be my beggining or my possible doom. The 'City of Gardens: The Other Side of the Fence' is my last attempt of salvation. All my eggs are in one basket. It is a do or die situation. I am so confident that this book will hit society in a place that they never felt before. I bet my very life on it.
Patrick J. Schnerch has survived a life of tragedy, pain and a lot of tears that drove him over the edge on many occasions narrowly escaping with his life. Damned with a severe mental illness which compounded on top of this, he self-medicated with a 25 year bout with alcoholism? The pain was too much too handle and needed a vent just to wake up the next morning unharmed, on many occasions even this didn’t happen.
Clawing for utter survival he toke desperate measures to avoid suicide in which seemed like the only solution. For decades he fought a losing battle sacrificing himself, jeopardizing the well-being and security of his family and became a burden to society.
With no reason to live, he went into a self-destruction mode. He lost his battle to retain sanity several times and was plagued with bouts of delusions and disassociation losing his grip on reality for months at a time lasting years of uncontrolled and dangerous behaviour. Finally, he just gave up hope and wished upon death and was in a big hurry to get there.
During a nine month psychotic episode, he became obsessed with writing a delusional, hallucinogenic and detached from reality document which he believed was the third testament and fully believed he was a messenger of God sent to save the world from moral destruction.
Another psychotic episode lasted a whole year fueled by a prescribed drug-induced mania. He worked for months at intervals of passing out from alcohol abuse and returning to the computer when the effects wore off. This drink, work and sleep pattern took over his life destroying everything in its wake such as his relationship with his wife, sanity and his physical health.
During this time he wrote and self-published a 400 page fictional book with one stroke of the pen. The mania was so intense that he foolishly spent tens of thousands of dollars to follow a dream. His mission in life was conceived in a psychotic state to introduce mental illness and alcoholism in a fictional character mirroring his real life experiences.
Although fictional, there was more truth than fiction hidden in those pages which went undetected by the reading audience. The finished product was unedited, mechanically flawed and sent to the printer in a manic haste. Even though it was a marred publication, it had something that no other book ever had and that was passion.
Schnerch has lost his pride, self-esteem and will to live decades ago. He had nothing to lose but his life, and that was not worth protecting either. It was a do or die situation and he still wasn’t ready to throw in the towel.
He self published another book in a mania haste, spending money wildly still chasing a dream sacrificing the security of his family. With a razor sharp knife in one hand and the other on a keyboard, he wrote a powerful, poignant and revealing memoir of his life about his battles and losses.
This time, his mission was to use his life as a living example of what is like to live with mental illness and addiction. This dark and uncomplimentary document shook the readers pushing their emotional limits almost to a breaking point. Schnerch wanted society to live, suffer and feel his pain. He believed if they felt his hurt that they would learn to understand mental illness and alcoholism so that no one else would have to go through what he did.
This book was a documented soul searching project with the hopes of reliving his past pains, accepting the facts and makes the life-saving decision to fight back and give up alcohol. In this book he went full circle and forgave himself and was ready to move on to a new life. The writing was a personal success story for the process was therapeutic and healing.
When he stopped drinking, the depressant characteristics of the alcohol subsided and the mental illness came back with a vengeance. The system was not willing to aid Schnerch in any way until the addiction was eradicated. Months went by with no reprieve, waiting nine months for a psychiatrist and without the numbing effect of alcohol to calm this fury. He fought and won his first battle in his entire life.
Two years later; clean and properly treated for the first time for his mental illness, he embarked on a commitment to become the voice for the neglected, lost and forgotten members of society. He decided to become the voice of this invisible society.
Schnerch embarked on a financially dangerous move to commit himself to a five book series of how mental illness, addiction and homelessness have affected Greater Victoria. The series documents the successes and failures of the city’s plan to end homelessness.
He studied and researched public records and was astonished and deeply hurt that the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness had a very difficult time gaining support from all three levels of government, institutions and the public.
This anger fueled Schnerch’s heart with fury as he wrote the, ‘The City of Gardens: The Other Side of the Fence.” The thing about this book is that he was sober and mentally stable. In doing this, Schnerch is only a couple of hundred dollars from personal bankruptcy which jeopardized and has challenged his mental health.
Schnerch has sacrificed his whole life for the sake of helping his neighbour. Near the brink of self-destruction, he wrote a powerful and unforgiving work of genius. This time, he has sacrificed literally his last dollar to make a difference in society. He has put his last egg in the basket and has sacrificed his security, mental health which drove him back to the bottle. Exhausted, ill and drunk, he has one more strike before it’s all over.
The ‘City of Gardens: The Other Side of the Fence’ has success written all over it. The only concern is will Schnerch be still around to see it. This book is Schnerch’s mind, body and soul. Please handle with care.
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