Hi, my name is Suzie Grogan and I am a freelance professional researcher and writer on topics as diverse as social exclusion, social and family history (with particular reference to the history of mental health treatment and 19th & 20thC London) and womens’ health issues. With many years experience of research to support public and voluntary sector policy and strategy development I am now putting my skills to use researching issues of importance to me. I am a keen genealogist and social historian, and have had a number of articles published in magazines.
I have edited and compiled the book Dandelions and Bad Hair Days – an anthology of prose and poetry written by those who have experienced mental health issues – which is to be published on 10th October 2012. All profits go to SANE and nominated mental health charities.
I have also been commissioned by Pen and Sword to write a book with the working title Shell Shocked Britain – the legacy of the First World War for mental health. It is to be published in 2014.
I am also a 40 something wife and mother of two teenagers who haven’t yet realised how interesting their mother can be if given the chance.
In 2006 I was diagnosed with and successfully treated (including reconstruction) for breast cancer, and I have had Primary Lymphoedema since my teens, but although I would love to hear from people who share my experiences, this blog is a place to be creative about life, writing and living life and writing.