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Ruth Z. Deming
Born on Christmas Day, 1945, in Camp Lejeune, NC, I received the gift of life from my daughter, Sarah, who donated her left kidney to me on April 1, 2011.
I lost kidney function due to nearly 17 yrs on the drug lithium to manage my manic-depression (bipolar disorder). Fortunately I no longer have the illness, which often resolves itself later in life. In 1986, after my bipolar diagnosis, I founded the support group New Directions. While working as a copyeditor at the Doylestown-based Intelligencer, I discovered the Hahnemann University's Allied Health program on Group Process, Group Psychotherapy. I received my MGPGP degree in 1992 and still work as a psychotherapist, doing one-on-one therapy and group therapy out of my Willow Grove home. Writing, though, remains a constant in my life. Even when I was in Einstein Hospital for four days for my transplant, I was writing things down on the back of the menu for the worst food I've ever tasted in my life, except for the sausages! I enjoy giving talks on Recovery from Bipolar Disorder and Depression. My boyfriend Scott got me into a love of politics. He's a pessimist while I'm an optimist. Our favorite things are walking in nature and watching movies. I check em out for free at the Abington Public Library. I just donated to WHYY, which I usually have on during the day. Television? I don't own one.
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