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Susan Blauner, MSW, is a native of White Plains, New York. Go Yankees! She is an internationally-recognized mental health and suicide prevention advocate, workshop leader, and public speaker. Susan lives with major depression, PTSD, and for more than a decade battled borderline personality disorder. She is also a breast cancer survivor—diagnosed at the age of forty-three. Susan lives in western Massachusetts, where she writes, teaches creative writing, takes pictures of odd things on the ground, gardens, paints, sews, makes recycled jewelry and found art sculpture, and hangs out with her dog, Fiona. In the fall of 2021, Susan and Fiona spent nine weeks driving ten thousand miles across eighteen states to The Grand Canyon, where they camped on the South Rim. Susan has Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bridgewater State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Simmons University—earned at the age of fifty. Susan is now writing How I Gave Birth to My Mother: A Creative Guide to Grieving with Words, Pictures, Mementos, and Art, and envisions another memoir in the not-too-distant future entitled Happy for the Rest of My Life.
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