Su Marquis

I was always a singer but my latest battle started when I began losing my voice in my early 40’s-doctors didn’t know why
Gradually I also began to struggle w/ additional severe physical issues & depression-Health worsening & feeling suicidal, I found a set of early 1960s Ludwigs next to someone’s garbage & knew IT WAS A SIGN!
I had played snare in marching band & orchestra for a year or two when I was a kid & knew I HAD to try to keep making music!
I had become so ill, I was almost completely house bound & getting more poisoned & weak, but every now & then I managed to drag myself to my drums; playing was at least giving me some little moments of joy & helping keep me physical & a bit sane!
It took over 10 years before I was finally diagnosed w/ a rare version of Cushing’s Syndrome; That was about
2 1/2 years ago. I FINALLY was able to have surgery & tumor removed, then 6 months later, a friends band was looking for a drummer & I decided to give it a try! I still wasn’t healthy or confident, but was thrilled to have other musicians to play with & force myself out of the prison my life had become
I am now THRILLED to say I AM healing & in remission!
I'm still apprehensive about my skills & self-conscious of how Cushing’s altered my life, abilities & appearance but was determined to enter HLAG!
I used to think Cushing’s destroyed my life, I couldn’t see then that it turned me down a new path; I couldn’t hear it gave me A NEW SONG & A NEW BEAT!

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  1. hlag on March 28, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Welcome to Hit Like A Girl, Su! We’re glad to have you. Good luck!

    • Su M. Marquis on April 11, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you! So happy to be a part of it!

    • Eric Mielke on April 12, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      How do I vote?

      • hlag on April 12, 2021 at 12:41 pm

        Eric, Click on the “Entries” pull-down menu in the main menu bar and choose the category and age group. That will take you to the page with all the contestants. Select the one you want to vote for and go to their individual page. There will be a button on the page to VOTE.

      • mark Hotkowski on April 18, 2021 at 9:20 am

        { you go girl }
        Love the quad shots !

        • Gibgin on May 2, 2021 at 11:37 am

          Zeke, you are the best of the best . 💕 Love you

  2. drummerdanva on March 29, 2021 at 7:13 am

    You found a set of older Ludwig drums someone was throwing away? Talk about a sign you were supposed to take up drums again! Keep drumming!

    • Suzanne M. Marquis on April 11, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      I know, so crazy right??? Believe it or not, I found another 1970 3 pc set of Ludwig Standards at the dump last summer! I guess the universe really, REALLY wants me to keep drumming! Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. rasila queen on March 30, 2021 at 7:12 am

    i covered your first song in a band once and loved your creative approach to it. I too had a sign that I should be playing drums, it wasn’t my original idea, but soon felt like it. Glad you are regaining your joy for life.


  4. cfee on April 5, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Yes , Su ! you are amazing to come here, and most of all, your path till and with drums . all this life help it gave you, after this sign, meeting an old drumset. that ‘s great how unexpect music stuff ( when music has a great part in our lives) arrived at “right time” for a benefic change in us, to reveal us, who we are, effects to dare. bravo to you !!! you are amazing

    • Suzanne M. Marquis on April 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks so much for the encouragement! Rock on!

      • Gibgin on April 23, 2021 at 8:51 am

        I 💕 Love you always and always #1

  5. Eric Mielke on April 11, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    How do I vote for this amazing sexy lady?

    • Gibgin on April 23, 2021 at 8:53 am

      Thanks 👍 for taking care of my zeke Eric.

  6. Joseph Jurewicz on April 14, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Awesome Su!

  7. Irisevans on April 19, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Hi, Su! I enjoyed your playing and the feeling you put into it! keep up the smooth drumming! xoxo

  8. TasK on April 22, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Good luck!!!

  9. Lulubelle on April 26, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Hey Suzanne, you are amazing!!!

  10. Suzanne M. Marquis on May 2, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Thank you so much everyone for your encouragement & support 🥁

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