Susan Parker and Walking in the Deep End

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Susan Parker grew up in loving, yet shame-ridden Evangelical Christian household. Her story best told within the context of her extended family. At 41, her father’s sister committed suicide by jumping off an overpass. Some years later, her mother’s sister, at 41, also committed suicide. The number 41 ominously showed up again during the weekend of her 11th birthday, when her 41 year-old father took an overdose of his sleeping pills. Susan walked him around the room until the ambulance arrived. The most damaging part? Her family never discussed it. During her teen years and in college, she struggled with a poor body-image, bulimia and depression. She worked through most of it--studied in Seville, Spain, conquered her bulimia, graduated from college, got married and had children. At nearly 40, with her marriage in tatters, she realized she was gay. “What I’ve found is that we all have cards that represent us one way or another--for example, the card of White Privilege, which I still own---and others like, Growing up in a “Perfect” Family or the card of Heterosexual Privilege, which I do not." At 41, she experienced a crisis of faith and conscience, and she too considered suicide. Susan shares her experiences and has written Walking in the Deep End, a highly acclaimed memoir about her triumph over these experiences. Now she’s on a mission to: • Promote compassionate interaction between those of diverse backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints • Help others overcome their traumas and challenges • Create awareness and dialogue about gay rights (and responsibilities), women’s issues, suicide prevention, eating disorders and bullying She speaks at colleges, universities and organizations around the US. She is a Management Consultant for a global firm focused on leadership development and workplace effectiveness through the lens of Diversity and Inclusion. Contact her at Susan@Walkinginthedeepend.com or facebook/susanparkerauthor

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