Barb had been brilliant and beautiful until her early twenties. She married but returned to her parents’ home after she could no longer cope. The family denied that Barb had a mental illness and therefore never sought help for her. When her sister becomes the caregiver, this changes because she is able (with considerable difficulty) to arrange for a visiting social worker, home aides, a visiting nurse, and even a psychiatrist who makes home visits. The psychiatrist prescribes a low dose of risperidone. The woman with schizophrenia gradually loses her fears, begins to read again, connects with people and a dog of which she had been terrified, and regains her humor. Barb is back.