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Meet Susie Dunham

Susie Dunham

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  • Schizophrenia and causes
  • Early warning symptoms
  • Personal resolutions as a mom/parent
  • Drugs, treatment, and resources available
  • Myths and confusion surrounding schizophrenia

Susan Frances Dunham, born in Cleveland, the first of two “later in life,” spent her pre-school years living in an apartment above her father’s furniture store . Eventually, her father was hired as a manufacturer’s rep in the furniture industry and her family moved to Port Clinton, Ohio, a small town on the shores of Lake Erie. Susie graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1972, and later graduated from Sandusky School of Practical Nursing in 1976. She worked as a nurse for three years in a hospital environment, five years in a nursing home setting and two years as a private duty nurse. In 1982, she married Markus a math teacher, and in 1984, their only child Michael was born. Susie now works as a manufacturer’s rep in the furniture industry, following in the footsteps of her family.

Beyond Schizophrenia: Michael’s Journey

Susan Frances Dunham
Modern History Press (2011)
ISBN 9781615990351
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (12/10)

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Synopsis: What would you do if your child suffered with something so severe it affected every aspect of his life?
Susie Dunham, Midwestern mom and former nurse, never suspected her son Michael was anything but a typical college student with big dreams until he developed schizophrenia shortly after his 21st birthday. The Dunham family quickly becomes immersed in the nightmare world of mental illness in America: psychiatric wards, a seemingly indifferent nursing staff, and the trial-and-error world of psychotropic meds. Michael’s ultimate recovery and remission comes with plenty of traumatic incidents involving both ignorance and stigma, but his courage and quest for dignity will inspire all readers.

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