There are major pains involved in living with schizophrenia. Once one is diagnosed, everything is taken away—family, friends, work, money, rights, dignity, self-esteem. Left in shame and poverty, there is nobody to wipe away the tears or offer any sympathy. One can be consumed by rage at the extent of the loss, at the massive grief over losing everything due to something as pointless and senseless as stigma and discrimination. It seems so unjust and so unfair to lose one's life because of bad propaganda due to rumor. I use forgiveness as a way out of the hell that schizophrenia pushes me into. I use forgiveness as a mechanism to exercise my personal power; I wield forgiveness as my empowering tool.