Susan Nieber, I only just found you.
The blogosphere is likely to be on fire today with the name Susan Nieber…
as well it should.
I only found her blog a week ago, which some of you may find odd since she was widely known for her blog, Toddler Planet.
Some words and phrases that I now associate with Susan:
inflammatory breast cancer
From what I can tell, she was like a planet. Once you were introduced to her atmosphere, the gravitational pull seemed so strong that most wanted to circle and circle… to soak her up… to be near her vastness. And like a planet… for years… she was in an almost constant state of living and dying. She lived in the most magnificent ways… while pieces in her body died.
Susan was a four time cancer survivor.
The first post I read of hers was this one: How Did We Get Here? It’s a simple conversation she has with her husband after coming home for hospice care. I was so struck by her grace. I poured through her site. It was my first post. It was her last.
Susan Niebur passed away on February 6, 2012. She lived the last five years with inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer that presents without a lump.
So instead of telling you a story about myself today, I’d like to point you to Toddler Planet, where she chronicled her fight. She will touch you in ways I never could.
And if you’re a woman, sign up for the Army Of Women. You can help researchers find a cure.
Susan was a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2010, and you can watch her read her winning post here:
I only just met her…
and I very much miss her.
Rest in peace, Susan.
UPDATED: The lovely Stephanie, over at dial m for minky, is collecting stories of Susan to bind into a book for her two boys. If you have something you’d like to contribute go here- Stop All The Clocks.