The Sensitive One: A Memoir
Susan F Morris (Author)
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DescriptionAt age fifty, Susan Morris is diagnosed with breast cancer--and she's floored. Desperate to pinpoint the cause, one night she decides to type a question into her search engine: "What are the risk factors of getting breast cancer?" She's surprised to discover research showing that long-term exposure to stress and traumatic childhood experiences can both increase the risk of breast cancer.
The Sensitive One is a braided memoir that alternates between Morris's childhood--as a sensitive child and then teenager who shouldered the burden of caring for her younger siblings as her dad's alcoholism tore at the threads of their home life--and an adult who for a decade-plus has been living a trauma-free life with a caring husband and rewarding career in nursing . . . only to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This is a story of redemption--of a woman who manages to escape harrowing circumstances and start anew--but it's also a story of how our legacy lives within us, and how healing from the adverse effects of childhood can truly take a lifetime.
She Writes Press
August 24, 2021
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About the Author
Susan Frances Morris was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, the second-oldest of seven siblings with two sets of twins. She was a practicing nurse from 1989 to 2011, primarily in women's health. The highlight of her career was the time she spent at Yale New Haven Hospital working in nursing management alongside international experts in the field of women's health. She met her current husband, Bruce, in 1989. Her passions are walking and bike riding in nature, yoga, traveling, photography, and jewelry design. She has three grown children and four grandchildren. Susan lives with her husband and two dogs in Clifton Park, New York.