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Smith College
22 Elm Street
Northampton , Massachusetts 01063
United States

Company Description: Smith College offers a full scholarship annually to an active or retired military member with an interest in pursuing an MSW.
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Do you remember who you are? Amnesia on the page – BookTrib
booktrib.com, 6 May 2014 [cached]
That jolting line begins Su Meck's 2014 memoir, I Forgot to Remember. Meck suffered a rare case of complete retrograde amnesia, known as "Hollywood amnesia" because it occurs more in movies than in real life. She has absolutely no memories between her birth in 1965 and May 22, 1988. On that day she was playing with her son in their kitchen when a ceiling fan fell on her head.
Much of the book's early section is reconstructed from hospital medical records. Having entered with partial paralysis, horrible headaches, and extremely limited vocabulary, Meck improved enough that doctors released her within three weeks, recording that her long-term memory "seems fairly unaffected. Meck expresses outrage at her treatment, in her typically sarcastic, slang-filled style: "I was the goddamned valedictorian of head injury patients! How could doctors have overlooked her total amnesia?
The accident created such a rupture in Meck's identity that she refers to having lived two lives.
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Clueless about finances and unsuspicious about Jim's months-long work trips, Su was flabbergasted to learn he'd blown most of their money on strip clubs and affairs. He also has "sleep drunkenness," which causes him to shout and hit people in his sleep.
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Su Meck
Meck rebuilt her confidence by taking classes at Montgomery College. After two decades of concealing the accident, trying desperately to be like everyone else, she found freedom in telling her story. She was approached by a Washington Post reporter (coauthor Daniel de Visé), and her experience became front-page news in 2011. Now a Smith College student, she continues sharing her life story to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury.
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Posted in Biographies & Memoirs, Mental Health|Tagged Amnesia, Before I Go to Sleep, Biographies & Memoirs, Brain on Fire, David Stuart Maclean, Gone Girl, Hollywood, I Forgot to Remember, Jennie Shortridge, Love Water Memory, Memories, SJ Watson, Su Meck, Susannah Calahan, The Answer to the Riddle is Me |
Student Success Plaza
www.sungardhe.com, 26 Aug 2011 [cached]
This first-person account in The New York Times Magazine by Su Meck, an adult student at Smith College, is remarkable by any measure. At the age of 23, Su suffered a head injury and lost her memory. Not for a day or two, but permanently. Read her inspiring story and it might just change what you think you know about learning and motivation.
Consider Su ...
www.star.com.jo, 30 May 2011 [cached]
Consider Su Meck.
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"It was Su 2.0," said Jim Meck, her husband, a systems engineer.
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Su Meck had been in her kitchen that evening, making macaroni and cheese. She picked up Patrick, her 6-month-old son, and held him aloft. His body brushed against a ceiling fan and somehow unhooked it.
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Jim and Su had met five years earlier at Ohio Wesleyan University.
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A rebellious child from the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, Su had removed the "e" from her name to set herself apart from three other Sue Millers at school.
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When Su awoke from the coma, the past was quite literally gone, and she says that almost nothing that happened in the first 22 years of her life has returned. The few flashes of recollection have been brief and mostly fleeting, such as the distinctive feel of a drum tuning key, or the time she sat down at a piano, a few months after the accident, and played "The Entertainer" from what could only have been a memory. She could never do it again.
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"I said 'Hi, Su, how are you?' She just looked at me, and there was absolutely no recognition in her face. Oh my gosh, it just tore me apart." Su left the hospital after two months. She had completed a checklist of tasks, such as riding a bicycle, preparing a meal and reading a simple children's book.
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To complicate matters, for weeks after the injury Su could not make new memories. She would awaken each day to a house full of strangers. It would be years before she could remember where she had parked the car at the mall. On the way home, she would circle the neighborhood, clicking the garage door opener for a hint of which address was hers. She became known around the house as the "tidy fairy", for her habit of putting things away and then forgetting where she had put them. "We'd have the milk out and we'd put it back in the fridge and close the fridge and . . . where did the milk go? said Benjamin Meck, 24, the eldest of Su's three children.
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Kassidy, the only child Su remembers from birth, is 18.
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Talking on the telephone was disorienting in the first few years out of the hospital, so Su and her family communicated with letters. Su wrote hers with the spelling and penmanship of a young child. "The boys play good with Legos now so givs me a chance to rite," she told her mother in one mailing. In another: "I hav to go to mor doctors be case fall lots to hitig head bad head ackes. Her mother assembled a photo album filled with images of the childhood she no longer knew. "This is your life Su," she wrote on the first page. For years, her life as a wife and mother was all Su knew, all she had ever known. She learned her times tables from her children and volunteered at the school library so she could hide in the stacks and read.
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Nineteen years after the accident, in 2007, Su walked into a classroom as if for the first time. Her children were heading off to college themselves. Su yearned to be known as something other than mother and wife. It was the familiar dilemma of the stay-at-home mom, except that this mom knew nothing else. "I didn't really know what I was going to do," she said. "And Montgomery College was there." She asked her children what to bring to class, how to take notes, how to ask questions and write papers. Her first classes were in sociology, stress management and remedial math-at 42, Su was still multiplying by repeated addition. Su was a slow learner-her husband can read eight pages to her one. She plodded through assignments, reading difficult passages again and again so she would remember them.
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Su and her husband are planning a move to Massachusetts, where she will enroll at Smith College in the fall as a transfer student seeking a bachelor's degree. Her specialty is still the drums. She plays on a kit her husband bought for her for Christmas four years ago. It sits in the family den, framed by posters of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Who. Atop the kit is a small, stuffed Animal, the crazy Muppet drummer, another relic of a forgotten childhood. Su went through two decades of adult life without telling anyone outside her inner circle that she had no memory of the previous two decades. She didn't want to be pitied. The story finally poured out one day last spring at the college, when someone in the honor society asked other members to each bring five things that meant something to them. Su brought "Hop on Pop".
View Photo Gallery - After memory ...
www.washingtonpost.com [cached]
View Photo Gallery - After memory loss, a milestone in her second life: In 1988, an accident in her home erased Su Meck's memory. After 23 years of relearning her life, the Gaithersburg woman has earned a degree from Montgomery College.
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Consider Su Meck.
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"It was Su 2.0," said Jim Meck, her husband, a systems engineer.
...
Su Meck had been in her kitchen that evening, making macaroni and cheese. She picked up Patrick, her 6-month-old son, and held him aloft. His body brushed against a ceiling fan and somehow unhooked it.
...
Jim and Su had met five years earlier at Ohio Wesleyan University.
...
A rebellious child from the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, Su had removed the "e" from her name to set herself apart from three other Sue Millers at school.
...
When Su awoke from the coma, the past was quite literally gone, and she says that almost nothing that happened in the first 22 years of her life has returned. The few flashes of recollection have been brief and mostly fleeting, such as the distinctive feel of a drum tuning key, or the time she sat down at a piano, a few months after the accident, and played "The Entertainer" from what could only have been a memory. She could never do it again.
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"I said 'Hi, Su, how are you?' She just looked at me, and there was absolutely no recognition in her face. Oh my gosh, it just tore me apart."
'A sort of free fall'
Su left the hospital after two months. She had completed a checklist of tasks, such as riding a bicycle, preparing a meal and reading a simple children's book.
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