I am fifty-one years old. I have been an audiologist my whole working career, and for the last ten years have owned my own practice. My career is so gratifying as I am helping people to hear better every day.
I had two children, Holly (21) and Andrew (15). Holly died by suicide on April 22, 2012. She was a wonderful kind person who suffered from depression for seven years. My husband, Andrew, and I were out of town when it happened. I'm very proud of my husband and myself for soldiering on as we have. It's the worst hurt ever! Someday I hope to write about her.
I have recovered by seeking solice as I jog. I run almost every day (five to six miles). No computer, no TV, no phones during that time!
My extended family is wonderful, and we socialize often with parties and travel. We're going to Salem , MA just before Halloween.
I was named after my mother, Suzanne, who was diagnosed at age fifty with Alzheimer's disease, and went completely downhill after that. She died at age fifty-seven. That legacy scares me, but I try to take care of myself as best I can.
All in all, I feel like I'm a lucky person, and have been graced with the capability of feeling gratitude and appreciation for my life. Yes, I've had adversity, but I always see people with worse problems than I've had.