Cheers.My vision is to uplift and inspire peers to take action to achieve your goals.
In my books, writing, blog, and public speaking, I show you that you can live a full and robust life. You can earn a livable wage doing the job(s) you love, You can have joy and satisfaction living well in recovery.
My signature story is that I got the right treatment within 24 hours. I've been in remission for 24 years.
I'm living proof that you are not doomed to revolving in and out of hospitals, collecting SSI the rest of your life, and fearing stigma.
My memoir, Left of the Dial, is available now as a print book and Kindle e-book.
I'm happy to spread my message of hope and healing to peers, family members, and others.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A million thanks for joining me on this journey.
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Left of the DialLeft of the Dial is now available in print and as a Kindle e-book
"Left of the Dial describes a journey of reclamation. Its narrative culminates into a surprise success ending making it an inspirational guide as well as a primer for those dealing with mental issues and for their families. At times heartbreaking, at other times funny, but always from the heart, Bruni's use of dialogue and idiosyncratic detail results in a lively and a profound read." Judith Carrington, Chair Media & Advocacy Group, NAMI-NYC Metro
Left of the Dial is the uplifting and inspiring account of what happened after I had a breakdown, kicked the illness to the curb, and decided to live my life Left of the Dial.
In the 1980s, I was a disc jockey at WSIA, 88.9 FM, a college radio station that broadcast left of the commercial end of the FM dial. In New York City, that's below 92.3 FM.
As a disc jockey, you read the VU meter to see the level of the intensity of the sound. If the needle veers to the right in the red, it's too loud. The sound is in balance when the needle is on the left. That's where I choose to live: Left of the Dial.
I'm here to cheer you on that you can live a life in balance too: a life of joy and satisfaction regardless of the challenge you might face.
Left of the Dial is the drumbeat for doing your own thing.
Make donuts, sculpt, write fiction, be a CEO, ride the rails in Italy. Do whatever gives you joy.
I champion living creatively, joyously, passionately because normal's overrated.
The definition of normal is average or conforming to a standard. Why be average when you can set the world on fire with your talents?
Left of the Dial signals you don't have to become a tax accountant if what you really want to do is sing in a folk band. Or you can crunch numbers by day and sing your heart out at night.
You can recover yourself along with your mental health.Buy on Amazon
Book ReviewsRead early praise for Left of the Dial.
Read early praise for Left of the Dial.
The stigma of schizophrenia is fading as research and first-person accounts of this serious mental disorder continue to verify that recovery is possible. Christina Bruni, an author and mental health advocate, made a full recovery from schizophrenia. She chronicles both her severe illness and her recovery in her unique and spell-binding book, “Left of the Dial.”
Recovery from schizophrenia has been documented as attainable by researchers who are using evidence-based, person-centered treatment and supportive services that enable people with this disorder to gain control over their symptoms, set realistic goals and reach their dreams for a normal life.
Reading Christina Bruni’s book will give the reassurance, motivation, and map for all those suffering from schizophrenia‒and their families‒for getting on the road to recovery. This road has many potholes and bumps, but the sunshine will light your passage if you remember that persistence is the path to least failure!- Robert Paul Liberman, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
UCLA School of Medicine
Director, UCLA Psych REHAB Program
Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
Left of the Dial describes a journey of reclamation. Its narrative culminates into a surprise success ending making it an inspirational guide as well as a primer for those dealing with mental issues and for their families. At times heartbreaking, at other times funny, but always from the heart, Bruni's use of dialogue and idiosyncratic detail results in a lively and a profound read.- Judith Carrington, Chair Media & Advocacy Group, NAMI-NYC Metro
Left of the Dial is a powerful and unforgettable memoir of her success in forging a life in the face of schizophrenia. Bruni is a talented writer and activist, and this combined with her unflinching honesty and courage, has resulted in a book that opens the door of understanding to the lay person, for a close-up view of daily life with schizophrenia's onset, symptoms, setbacks, stigma and treatment. Her book deserves a wide readership.- Gil Fagiani, LCSW, author of Serfs of Psychiatry
Left of the Dial is a testament to the human spirit and at the same time a page turner, deftly and skillfully written and unabashedly honest. This is the memoir of a warrior with a formidable foe against whom she must always do battle. Bruni was determined that her life not be stolen from her. She is now helping others to take back their lives and realize their dreams." --- Rosalind Palermo Stevenson, author of Kafka at Rudolf Steiner's, Insect Dreams and The Absent
Christina Bruni's Left of the Dial describes her struggles, achievements, determination and perseverance. Despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia, she weathers the storm, and fights her way through it, earning a masters degree, working full-time as a professional librarian, and becoming a writer and award-winning mental health advocate, using her experiences to aid others. From the outside looking in, her illness is hidden behind her makeup and clothes, but inside she battles with stigma and searches for recognition, love and acceptance. Her story is one of courage. I congratulate Bruni on what she's accomplished in life and enjoyed her insights and triumphs sewn into her story.- Sandra Yuen MacKay, author of My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness