When asked what is what like to be Joe Cornelio, Joe Cornelio replied "It’s like being Winnie the Pooh." Joe, who suffers simultaneously from paranoid schizophrenia and ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, tries to remain positive and clearly has a sense of humor.
He visited us with his two friends, Pam Wagner and Karen Romaniello, who find inspiration and courage in Joe’s story. Pam and Joe became "the most important person" in each other’s lives when they met in a psychiatric ward in the 80′s. Joe came to StoryCorps because he wanted to other people to know what it was like to live with both a mental illness and a terminal disease. We applaud your courage, Joe.