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About Sue Jeffries
You are reading my self-written personal biography…that’s awesome! This means that you have found your way to the Dental Mental Network. A network that embodies exactly who I was, who I am, and who I hope to become.
I could bore you with the details of my thirty-five years in dentistry…but, I won’t. As much as I have loved my career, it is not what defines me. Living with Bipolar 1 disorder and frequent bouts of manic depression does not define me either, but it certainly does make life interesting, difficult, and dynamic all at the same time. You can say that I am everything and nothing, everywhere and nowhere, and the best and worst of people, all at the same time.
It is true that there are consequences to every action. Some of my actions are extremely painful to recall let alone discuss. In the throes of mental illness, I have had one psychotic break, have been promiscuous, have built mountains of debt, and have destroyed marriages and friendships. But nothing has been as difficult as accepting the fact that my ability to parent in a healthy way was severely hindered.
My undiagnosed and untreated mental illness affected not only my life, but the lives of everyone around me. You could not tell me that then. There was no listening, understanding, nor accepting that I needed help. I was forty-nine years old, at my lowest of lows, with a solid plan to kill myself, before I finally received that help. Assistance I desperately needed for decades.
Today is a miracle; I tell myself this daily. Even on those days when the energy to dress or smile remains elusive. And my “WHY” now becomes, YOU. I openly share my story, experiences, and wins and losses so that you know, without a doubt, that you are not alone. In my imperfectness, I raise up my head, I raise up may voice, and I raise up awareness. And I pledge to be the promise of hope for you, that my daughter was for me.
You are welcome and wanted here. So nice to meet you.