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Emily Suess, CZT

In 2017, Emily was diagnosed with brain cancer. (A grade II diffuse astrocytoma on her brain stem, if the details interest you.) Forced to quit her 9 to 5 as a technical copywriter, Emily underwent brain surgery to biopsy the tumor and radiation and chemotherapy to try and beat it into submission. It shrank a little, but the damn thing is still sitting there and considered inoperable.

Emily has mostly adjusted to what doctors call her “new normal” and what people with no need for such euphemisms call “disability.” Her journey to diagnosis was fraught with trauma brought on by doctors who dismissed symptoms and lazily slapped a fibromyalgia diagnosis on her medical chart.

Fun Facts About Emily

Emily Suess lives in Metro-East St. Louis (by way of Indianapolis, IN) with her husband, Dan, and her two cats, Izzy and Oliver. She posts Zentangle videos on her YouTube channel as her health allows.

In September 2022, Emily became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). She uses medical marijuana for chronic pain, and she eats way too many Oreos.

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