Although Lovie previously had a successful career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), been married and had her own home, the intensity of her mental health symptoms resulted in multiple hospitalizations causing her to lose her job, her marriage, and her home. At the time she was referred to Hope Network, she had been hospitalized 11 times for acute psychiatric symptoms of schizoaffective disorder. She was also struggling with multiple chronic health conditions including Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, and hypertension. She was also living with an untreated displaced hip, making ambulation very challenging for her.
Lovie was plagued by rapid and intense changes in her mood and devastating paranoia, debilitating her ability to manage relationships with other people and successfully handle her day to day life. She was severely depressed, experiencing homelessness and without any income to sustain her basic human needs. She was too fearful to access the community or take public transportation, limiting her engagement in the community and ability to follow up with necessary medical care.
Lovie’s treatment team was able to partner with her to assist her in accessing benefits including Medicaid and Social Security Disability. She received support around obtaining her own apartment and through patience and support of her team she began accessing the community using the public transportation system. She was linked with a primary care physician and began working towards improving her chronic health conditions, including working to improve chronic pain associated with her hip injury through consistent attendance at physical therapy. Lovie’s case manager linked her with an art community in Grand Rapids and she is now active in making art and engaged in a strong community and natural support system.