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I keep asking myself how can this happen to me? I have two children with schizophrenia. My son is in Napa State Hospital and my daughter lives in a board and care home. My husband died after being paralyzed for 20 years. I feel so alone and isolated. I no longer have friends. How could they understand? At General Hospital there is a support group for families of the mentally ill. There I am with people who understand.
Akiko Paltanowich, Parent

Living in a small Japanese-speaking community where one's identity is easily known, one needs courage to come out into the open and reveal having a child with mental illness. Mrs. Paltanowich is such a person. Courageous and dedicated, she has been fighting to improve the conditions of the mentally ill for years.

Michio Kusama, Ph.D.,Counselor