From the time I was three, sitting under the kitchen table, pasting a parade of Band-Aids® along my scraped shin, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I longed to heal with lots of Band-Aids, they smelled like all better. The oldest of three children in a troubled family, I somehow understood at an early age that my passion to comfort and heal myself and others would be my life.
My determination to pursue nursing grew as I worked as a nurses’ aide and wheeled German-speaking Josie down the halls of a Philadelphia nursing home.
Susan Turnage is an RN, E-RYT200, RYT500, and a CYN- Certified YogaNurse®. She has clinical nursing experience in pediatric oncology, pediatric head injury, corrections, home health, and case management. She teaches weekly healing mat and chair yoga classes in her local communities of New Kent and Charles City, Virginia, to a multiethnic population of all abilities.
Susan began her health care career as a hospital volunteer at age 14. She graduated nursing school at age 20. After four decades of clinical nursing, her passion and focus evolved toward prevention and wellness. Unable to find a formal nursing job that allowed her to teach her patients how to stay healthy, she became a nurse entrepreneur and struck out on her own to create a way to pursue that passion of empowering people to find wellness through self-care. She found yoga was the perfect place to meet those dreams.
When digging through my satchel of stories for this book and organizing them to publish, I felt held back by the reading strategy of one member of the Nearly Normal Readers Group, NNRG, of which I am a founding member. This member would read the book’s first paragraph, then (1) pronounce the entire book unreadable trash and quit the read or (2) continue to read. Over the 19 years we have been meeting, her abrupt judgments served to enliven many of our discussions. Sometimes she dismissed books that were considered by the literary community to be classic treasures.