Who is Suzy?

Welcome to my personal blog.

My story is simple, yet complex.

One day, I was a strong, active young professional returning from a Business Trip.  In the next few days, I became one of 10,000 persons in the US battling the auto-immune disease, Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS).  GBS, also called acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and Landry’s ascending paralysis, is an inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves those outside the brain and spinal cord.  Essentially, my body attacked the myelin that enables signals from my brain to reach my nerve endings.

I was one big short-circuit.

In a mere 72 hours, I lost the ability to walk, to use my arms and to breathe easily.  I lost all of my independence.

My journey has been challenging and at times, frustrating.  However, I found a way to heal through laughter.  I hope that you will join me on my journey.


5 responses to this post.

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  3. Posted by Jennifer Dent on January 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Suzy, you are such an inspiration. Like Rochelle, I saw your photos on FB and I wasn’t sure what happened to you, but you seemed so cheerful despite your environment. I could just feel your positive energy just by looking at your smile. Thanks for sharing your story in such a public way. Sometimes God gives certain things to certain people because He knows they can handle it in a graceful way. You are a blessing.

    Jennifer Dent


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  5. Posted by Rochelle Grasso on October 21, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    HI Suzy,
    For many weeks now I’ve been seeing your pictures on Facebook and wondering with a sad heart what had happened. I didn’t feel right or comfortable asking via Facebook, so instead, I just prayed. I prayed for you and asked God to give you the strength and courage to overcome what ever it was that you were fighting. And after reading your blogs (thank you for sharing) I see my prayers are being answered. You are such an amazing person. On Sept 18, 2011 I ran a 1/2 marathon for you. Like I said, I didn’t know what had happened, but I knew it was serious. I saw that you were learning to walk again and every time I felt that I couldn’t run another step, I thought of you and ran all 13.1 miles for you. You were my inspiration. In 2006 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (another auto-immune disease) and have had multiple surgeries. There have been times when I felt like giving up and that this wasn’t any way to live and after reading your blogs, (yes all of them, with tears in my eyes) you have given me strength to continue on my journey and realize that I too have so much more living to do. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey with me.
    With Love,
    Rochelle Grasso


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