Who am I?

Words are my friends.  I cuddle with them.  I like them.  A lot.  (Which is always two words, and not one.)

I’ve been a copywriter and editor since graduating from Stanford, and self-employed working with words since I began my career in 1988.   But that’s not who I am.

I have one child, a son, which means I am a mother and in my case also a wife.  But that is not who I am.

When Hans was just 13-months old and I was only 33, I found a strange pea-sized lump under my left armpit that changed everything.  That was 10 years ago now.  I hate the word “survivor”, and that is not who I am.   I mean, I am surviving.  I just don’t like the label.

I drive an old German convertible sportscar, because life is short and I want to enjoy myself.  And nobody dreams about owning an SUV or minivan.
I live in Marin County, California.  While being one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on earth, Marin also the breast cancer capital of America.  So I’ve learned to take the bad with the good.
And ask me any day.  Life is good.

14 responses to “Who am I?

  1. Ellen Mouchawar

    You are an inspiration . . . always.

  2. Christina Scott

    I love your book. I would love to help you publicize the book. I am writing a number for freelance articles about breast cancer. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer this past spring and I am now fully in with spreading the word about what this all means for us as women, moms, and wifes. Left you a voicemail, but would love to talk either in e-mail or via phone. PS What exactly is Thousand Words press? Are you also running your own publishing house indepentently?

    Thanks and congrats on the book,
    Christina Scott

    • Never replied publicly to this, but I did privately to Christina. She got a lovely article in a Florida Parenting magazine that included information on Nowhere Hair. I appreciate her support immensely.

  3. You are a true inspiration. I carry you forever in my heart. I lost my dear mummy to cancer a year ago. I created a blog entitled “grieving gracefully” in which i tell her story and mine through photography, words, music and quotes. I admire you for your amazing strength and ability to realize life is precious. Savor every single moment. Over use the word I LOVE YOU and hold your dear family and friends so close to your heart. You go girl! xo miss emmy

    • Emmy – I have checked out your blog and it is a beautiful thing, as one of my girlfriends likes to say. You have said everything in your one little paragraph. Savor the moment. Every moment. Even the gnarly ones. I’ll keep going girl, if you will. xo sue

  4. Hi Sue!
    I haven been enjoying your blog…just found it today! I am an elementary art teacher and recently found out I have breast cancer. I have shared your book with my students to help explain to them what to expect and it has been such a big help. Your simple words of wisdom are an inspiration! My life as I know it has forever changed…but in the most beautiful, gratitude filled way!! It’s women like you that pick me up on the rough days. Thank you!!

  5. Hi Sue. I have been awarded a Liebster Award (for blogs with less then 200 followers). Now, it is you turn to receive a Liebster. Give me until later tonight or tomorrow and all of it will be on my blog. I’d love to give you the patch here but I don’t know how to do that on someone else’s blog. But you can get that at mine Congrats!

  6. Dear Sue,

    I’m in the process of moving my home and home office and I came across your “not-so-little black book.” You sent it to my graphic design business in 1996. I have kept it all this time because I love everything about it. I’m a graphic design who learned in the past few years that I also like to write, so you can see why your promotional piece appealed to me so much. Love the stationery, the little sticker and quote on the front, etc. I wish I had hired you for something, but I usually do contract work where the copywriter is already assigned.

    I’m so happy you authored the children’s book and that it won the Moonbeam award. Congratulations! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  7. Life and Other Turbulence

    From one kindred spirit to another…great blog! A survivor myself (though right back in the fight as of recent weeks) your children’s book is a home run! Have been worrying about how my little grandson might react to seeing me without hair for the first time (last night!), but ended up just wearing my newly purchased wig and he didn’t notice anything different (which is a hoot in and of itself, since I feel like a complete imposter when I wear it). After 16 years in Mill Valley, just sold and moved further north where summer is really summer. We also have a Stanford connection (wish it were me, but it’s my brainiac daughter..graduated in ’11). So, now I’m a big fan of yours and I’m gonna follow you here, and hope we have an opportunity to meet up one day. Keep smilin’ and stay strong!

    • What a wonderful message to get from “out of the blue” of the world wide web. I appreciate so much when people move from THINKING something to actually writing it down and sending it. I hear you about the weather here in Mill Valley, although it’s good for the skin, right? And congrats on your wise child – hail, stanford, hail. Stay strong and thanks for checking in! -sue

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