You couldn't have said it better. Thank you for your reassuring words. After 12 years I am in the process of accepting it. This time I think was the one to make me take some things a bit more seriously and try to really get in terms with it.
Indeed I had the luck to be responsive to medication and be able to complete my doctoral degree, work, live in various countries, have fulfilling relationships and friends around me.
Just to make a small remark. Unfortunately I did take some mind altering drugs in my early 20s. I guess I will never find out whether these activated my condition, but I am suspecting they could have.
Good luck with your recovery too.