Remembering Susan Through a Legacy That Lives On

February 6, 2013 13 Comments »

Collage for Susan

It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.

                                                                                                     ~Rose Kennedy

To be honest, today is a hard day. I’ve struggled to find the words, the right words, to honor a dear friend whose life was lost way too early and whose friendship meant the world.

The truth is that there are no right words because Susan is always with me.

Girls' Night w. Susan

From L-R: Jessica McFadden, Amy Mascott, Susan Niebur, and me

She’s with me when I look up into an inky blackness to see a clear night’s sky dotted with twinkling stars.

She’s with me providing guidance as I search for answers to the many questions my kids have about what lies out in space.

She’s with me as I encourage my daughter to pursue her love of STEM to help increase the numbers of women in science.

She’s with me and our fellow bloggers as we advocate for a world with more birthdays and less cancer through the work we do with the American Cancer Society. As ACS celebrates their 100th birthday this year, I know she will be right there with me in spirit, blowing out a candle from the heavens above as we look to spread the word about the importance of funding cancer research using social media tools.

She’s with me as I struggle to find the elusive balance between work and motherhood daily but I know she would applaud my resolution to unplug each day in order to fully dedicate myself to being mom.

She’s with me as I look to empower women and girls as I work with Clever Girls Collective to kick off the Something Fierce Foundation, an endeavor that can change the lives of so many.

She’s with me as I mentor others in the field of social media, listening and guiding them towards a path that will allow them to pursue their dreams as she did with me.

I miss you Susan but the things that you have taught me through our friendship will always live on. xo

In Honor of Susan

As we honor Susan’s memory, please consider furthering her legacy through a contribution to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Please join bloggers throughout the web in honoring Susan Niebur’s life and contributions with a post, and please add your link below.

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  1. Kate @ UpsideBackwards February 6, 2013 at 6:50 am -

    Beautiful post, Leticia. Susan was/is such an inspiration, and it’s lovely to see her smiling face here again.
    I’ve written a post in her memory too. I’m sure no-one who knew her will ever forget her!
    Much love.

  2. Vicky February 6, 2013 at 7:30 am -
  3. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles February 6, 2013 at 8:34 am -

    What a beautiful tribute, Leticia. Sending you lots of love today.

  4. aimee @ smilingmama February 6, 2013 at 10:12 am -

    Thank you for helping so many of us honor and remember Susan today. xoxoxo

  5. jodifur February 6, 2013 at 10:16 am -

    Oh I love this. What a beautiful tribute.

  6. Amy @ Boston Twin Mommy February 6, 2013 at 10:17 am -

    Inflammatory breast cancer took my Aunt Liz, my Mom’s twin in eight months back in 2002 and most nurses had not even heard of it. I’m so sorry to hear about Susam and hope everyone will consider contributing to research in memory of her (and my aunt) so our daughters’ generation will only have to hear about IBC and not feel the pain from it.

  7. Stimey February 6, 2013 at 10:26 am -

    This is beautiful. You are such an amazing woman, Leticia. Love to you on this difficult day.

  8. musingsfromme/jill February 6, 2013 at 11:33 am -

    Wonderful tributes for a woman gone much too soon. Thank you, Leticia for coordinating a “place” for all of us to gather and think of Susan.

  9. Heather! February 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm -

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your pain in loss. Your friend would be proud to have been honored so beautifully.

  10. Tammy S February 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm -

    I am sorry for your loss. Your tribute to susan is wonderful. She will always be in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you today.

  11. Jessica McFadden - A Parent in America February 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm -

    This is beautiful and such a loving tribute. Susan was always so supportive and awed by the work you did and insights you shared. Wonderful.

  12. J.J. February 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm -

    This is beautiful. And I love the photo of you, Amy, Jess and Susan. I do believe she is always with you!

  13. Thrift Store Mama February 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm -

    Beautiful post, Leticia.