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A survivor’s story: Say it out loud – “Suicide.” – VAntage Point

New blog post on the official US Department of Veterans Affairs Blog. A survivor’s story: Say it out loud – “Suicide.” – VAntage Point “My dream is a world in which suicide does not exist. Impossible perhaps but I’m going to dream it anyway. I know I, alone, can’t make that dream come true. All […]

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Veterans Affairs Gets It Right!

I began teaching speech-recognition 15 years ago. At that time, I was employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a subject matter expert. Many veterans have multiple disabilities such as an inability to use their hands and blindness. They find speech-recognition is the most effective way to work with the computer. In […]

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®In Dog We Trust

  Quoddy dog on Peaked Mountain, Maine. Sitting towards camera with woods and hills in the background.   Independence, Thrills, and Dignity With My Seeing Eye Dogs   Sue Wiygul Martin   Copyright © 2016 by Sue W. Martin All rights reserved.   Limited Edition A companion to Out of the Whirlpool: A Memoir of […]

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My “Quandary”

My “Quandary” By smartin on March 26, 2016 in eqb My “Quandary” Quan and I stand before the Freedom Tower in Manhatten It’s a boy. It’s a *big* boy.   When Joan handed me his leash and told me his name, Quan, I was, what? What does it feel like when somebody gives you the […]

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Kismet Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

For the first time since Kismet got sick a month ago I can write again. For the first time in two months I feel back on an even keel. I didn’t really sign up for what my “day job” has turned into but I’m learning to take it with good grace.   It all started […]

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A Cold Dark Night in December

A Cold Dark Night in December

What’s a picture of two people in love hugging on skis got to do with a piece about suicide? A suicide attempt is the cause of my blindness. Creating a life worth living from the apparent ashes of my life thirty something years ago took a lot of work. And I needed a lot of […]

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“She Lives To Serve”

From http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/a_suicide_attempt_left_her_bli.html Includes a link to “audio described” video of the author’s recent skydive) It was December 1982 when Sue Martin, then 26, tried to end her life. She says today that self-inflicted gunshot wound was “a desperate act in an attempt to end unbearable pain.” It almost took her life and she’s been living with the […]

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Full Circle, Take 2

Thursday of next week is the second meeting of the support group, Kismet Out Loud. Odd name but let me explain. “Kismet” is Arabic. It means destiny, or fate. In my mid-twenties,at undoubtably the lowest point in my life, I tried to end my life. At the end of the day I was still alive. […]

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Why Jump Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane?

For Immediate Release August 29, 2015 For Information Contact David Lamb: 205.602.1984 dlamb12@bellsouth.net WHEN: Saturday, August 29th at noon Sue Martin and Kat Lawson are choosing to take on this daring mission because they want to draw attention to suicide prevention and lived suicide experiences. Both are survivors of suicide attempts and recognize that lives […]

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Where It All Began

For folks who’ve elected to be notified by email when I post to my blog, I’ve sorta moved my blog. I’ll continue to post here occasionally but the majority of my blogging will be on my new site. One of these days I’ll figure out how to copy subscribers from this blog to that one. […]

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