Susan's journey with MAPS began in 2006 after losing her mother in 2003 to an unintended but preventable medication error. She was initially diagnosed with a mild stroke and a prognosis of a quick recovery. Needless to say, she and her family were devastated and heartbroken. In the two years that followed, she experienced an adverse health event with her husband and yet another with her daughter. Thankfully, the outcomes were positive but not without pain and anguish. She searched for ways she could become involved in learning and improving patient safety. She finally was given an opportunity in 2007 to be a member of the 2008 MAPS Conference Planning Committee. In 2016, she was able to finally share her story at MHA/MAPS "Include Always" event. She is grateful for the opportunities over the years to work with patient partners who are dedicated to find ways to continue to improve the healthcare system.
Susan lives in Lakeville with her husband of 62 years. She has 4 adult children, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
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