Miso-Story-SusanThis is the #2 edition of our new My Misophonia Story series. This week features Susan (57) from the UK. Each week we’ll feature a new reader story, so if you’d like to share yours, please drop us a line. Susan, take it away…

Where are you from?

I’m from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a cook in a day nursery.

What are you passionate about / what are your hobbies?

I am passionate about the environment, I love my garden and I like to read and go for walks.

How old were you when you first realised you had an issue with certain sounds?

I’ve always had an issue with sounds, especially high/low pitched noises.

When did you first find out it was called misophonia?

I found out my condition was called misophonia when I discovered you on Twitter!

What are your 3 biggest triggers?

Tiredness, stress and illness.

Do you have any other sensory quirks?

I don’t think I have any particular quirks, but I also suffer from tinnitus and have some hearing loss.

Have you told other people about your misophonia and if so what was their reaction?

I haven’t really told people about Misophonia except for my husband who is a tremendous support.

What’s your funniest/most ridiculous misophonia-related moment?

At the moment I can’t think of any funny moments.

What helps you to cope with your misophonia?

I try and cope with Misophonia by singing, reading or knitting. Counting stitches can be really good. A long walk can do wonders.

What’s the single most useful piece of misophonia related advice you’ve learnt?

The single piece of advice I’ve learned is that I’m not alone.

What’s your very best life hack?

Keep it organised! I don’t think I have any other shares at the moment.

And finally! The quick fire round…

Favourite place you’ve visited:

Glenfall House in Gloucestershire, my husband and myself have been on a couple of silent retreats there and it was wonderful.

Favourite song:

No particular song, but I do like rock music.

Favourite book:

Far too many to mention but I do like a good thriller or medieval mystery.

Favourite work of art:

My favourite artist is Jason, who specialises in marine art.

5 things you couldn’t live without:

My books, chocolate, theatre, friends and of course my husband.