Suzan Norton

Parent Advocate

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Suzan Norton is a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She had two sons, one diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and one with schizophrenia. She is known for helping both sons thrive and helping them navigate the medical systems to get what they needed. After her sons passed, she became a CNA to continue the work to honor them by helping others. Suzan was instrumental in supporting one of her sons and a professional filmmaker to make the Brothers Documentary. The film is a documentary and a tribute to her other son, who died by suicide. Suzan was part of the production team to complete the film in 2020. It is an uplifting film that is an excellent tool for medical professionals, educators, and anyone whose life has been touched by loss. In her efforts to be a strong advocate, Suzan became knowledgeable and experienced in non-ventilation techniques and caring for someone with mental illness and brain disorders. She has also worked on writing and editing publications for the National Muscular Dystrophy Association.