This collection of poems by Susan Ring portrays a full and rewarding life, marred by bouts of severe depression. Susan struggled with this depression for most of her life, each outbreak disrupting an otherwise stable and successful career—as first anxiety then the inevitable despair would take hold.
Her poems plot the course of these struggles—to weather the storm—as the tumult would take over, usually leading to determined attempts to take her own life, followed by a slow, painful and precarious recovery.
The collection was sensitively edited and compiled by Julian Abraham—from a pile of handwritten manuscripts handed to him by her former husband, Jim—following her latest, fatal journey into despair during 2014.
The hope is that Susan’s poetry will bring some support and comfort to fellow sufferers by knowing they are not alone on their journey, and inform friends and families of individuals similarly weathering the storm. Each year, all book profits will be donated to a charity having a similar aim.