Welcome to My Bumpy Ride.......

Before you all read on, I guess it is best to introduce myself to you and let you know a bit about myself. I am Susan, and first and foremost, I am a mother to a wonderful young man. Though he is grown, he will always be that three year old little boy, that asked all those questions and expected answers to them all. Though I will tell you much about myself in this blog there is no one or nothing that is as important to me as him, even if I don't discuss him much, because he kina likes to remain private.

For years I was actively trying to find myself, but that was a big waste of time, since by doing so I was not living. All my life I have always known that I was "different", but was unable to know why that was. I first thought that perhaps it was because I was adopted, but that was not the case. Turns out, I am bipolar and pretty much have been all my life. This was explained to me about nine years ago when I had a major melt down. I tend to be more on the depressive side, but have on occasion been quite manic. My last episode was early thru mid 2008, with full blown depression. For five months, I bearly left my house, let alone my bed. Why am I telling you this? I just want it out in the open and let you understand that I discuss my illness from time to time.

Present day, I am currently a full time student, studying social work. At the end of 2011 I was approached by a mentor of mine, who mentioned a new program that was going to launch here in Rhode Island. This new program called the Peer Wellness Coaching, was something that I had always wished would become a reality and to add even more excitement was the fact that this mentor was inviting me to train for a position as one of the Peer Wellness Coaches.

So currently (spring 2012) I am part of the three phases of training and should be employed by the fall of 2012. What is even more excellent about this program is that they are aware of my education goals and are willing to work with me on maintaining those goals.

Also you might hear me mention NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), because I am actively involved with them. I am a facilitator and state trainer for the NAMI Connection groups (peer run support group) here in Rhode Island, and I also help teach high school and college students about mental illness through NAMI RI's Inside Mental Illness program.

So with all that being said...I hope you read on to my daily activities and thoughts and such.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday Centus – Absent "E"

Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus - The prompt this week is one sentence long.

The sentence can be as long or as short as you like.

The challenge is to write a fluent sentence without using the letter "E".   E is the most used letter in the English language.  Let's see how you do with an absent-e!

Number of words:  Whatever you need to write one cohesive sentence.
Pictures: Any number

Here it goes…

A small child can touch a soul of an adult who has built a wall to guard from an invasion that can possibility do random psychological harm.

Well there you have it.  That is my sentence.  It was harder than I thought it would be.  Thanks to the small child that asked the quiet and withdrawn man for his hand to help her walk in the bus as it was moving yesterday.  I witnessed him go from being totally withdrawn to smiling in seconds.  It was actually pretty awesome to see.  TTFN ya’ll.


  1. Susan, this is so touching that I just don't know what to say. Excellent, Susan!

  2. It's true. Kids can sort of cut through the layers, right?

    Good one!


  3. Wow.... Its amazing how much can be addressed in one sentence!

  4. Holy cow! What a fabulous sentence!

  5. Beautifully done...I enjoyed the power and sweetness of this piece !

  6. That is an amazing sentence. I like the story of your inspiration.

  7. Beautifully said! And I love the photo.

  8. The task seems simple until we realise how many words have 'e'. Well done. :)

  9. Wow.

    I am suitablEE impressed with your lack of E's.

    This painted such a poignant little picture.

    I didn't even miss the letter at all!