Bert Nash peer support specialist tells her story with goal of giving hope to others

Susan Murphy shares her story to show people that recovery is possible.

Susan Murphy shares her story to show people that recovery is possible. by Jeff Burkhead

My days were dark for 30 plus years.

With a degree in secondary education, I was a teacher until I was diagnosed with anorexia. I was dying — even though I didn’t know it — and I didn’t care. My doctor told me I wasn’t going to die on his watch. This opened my eyes. I really did want to live.

My life was out of control. I was divorced, out of a job, out of a career. I was a goldfish in a turbulent ocean. I tried to go to school, hold a job. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do anything. I felt embarrassed, worthless, guilty, shamed, isolated and full of despair. I was very anxious. Molehills became mountains.

Mental illness is a biological brain disorder — parts misfire. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the treatment. There are setbacks.

Medication is important — important daily. It is a trial-and-error process. It is important to know what you are taking and why. Finally, find a doctor you trust and who works for your best interest.

I have found I need structure. I have a regimented schedule. Routine is important. I have learned to say no. Sleep, nutrition and exercise are important. I have friends who support me. I distance myself from non-supporters.

My dream is to advocate for other consumers and to tell my story so others can see there is hope, and that recovery is possible. I am a certified peer support specialist at Bert Nash. I work with individuals as well as in the Decision Support Center at Bert Nash. I also am working on my recovery.

Whether we are at the top of the mountains, or in the depths of the oceans, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope is an eternal flame. Hope should never perish. I want to keep the eternal flame lit. Telling my story is one way to accomplish this goal.

— Susan Murphy, Bert Nash Peer Support Services specialist

As a certified peer support specialist, Murphy shares her story of recovery with individuals who are working on their own recovery.

As a certified peer support specialist, Murphy shares her story of recovery with individuals who are working on their own recovery. by Jeff Burkhead

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hartcindy 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks for sharing Susan! It's such a pleasure to work with you and you make such a difference in so many people's lives!

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