Susan was born in Austin and now operates her own business in the Pacific North West. She is an acupuncturist who runs a mobile business, working with unemployed, homeless, and derelicts of all sorts. Of course many of her patients are well rounded folks who just have injuries they can’t seem to cope with. Susan’s skills are quite good. She does her share of curing what normal M.D.s can’t.
Susan puts up with a lot. Most of her clientele are accident victims sent to her by insurance companies. Large numbers of her patients have no money, are alcoholic, and display a number of behaviors that would make the average person sick. Susan works on them. She is a tough nut and after two years of this kind of punishment, she perseveres, newborn infant and all.
About a decade ago, Susan did a stint in the Navy. Going in, she was one of those kids who always had a smile on her face and would bend over backwards to help another in need. But she was green, gullible and had no outer shell.
If you ask Susan what she thought of the Navy she is quick to respond. It was pure hell. She hated it from beginning to end and her stories are graphic. Interestingly she still has that incredible smile and a gift to cure people with it. Her resilience to do what is right was never lost in her hell on the oceans over her four years of torture. She tends to use the words, “Shake it off” when trouble wants to stop her from success. And she does shake it off well—usually within minutes. She is a rare woman.
Susan spent a good deal of time scraping rust off a barge. Weeks of hell. She worked and slept on the rusted hulk, covered in lice. She woke up every morning and shook it off. Often some of the toughest events in your life are the creation of the better part of you. Bad patient? She shakes it off and goes to work removing the rust on the next patient.