This morning I dedicated my yoga practice to Susan Niebur, an amazing digital sister and #dsfierceliving shero who inspires me tremendously. After yoga, I wrote in my journal and discovered I was writing the dedication page for my book, Digital Sisterhood. Susan’s name appeared. Here’s why.
I heard Susan share her breast cancer journey at BlogHer in New York City in August 2010. Click here to watch a video of her talk. Her words moved my spirit. They made me think of my two grandmothers who lived with breast cancer. When I returned home from BlogHer, I started following her blog, Toddler Planet and became inspired by her fierce living spirit, heart, and courage. She quickly became one of my digital sister sheros.
In January 2011, I met her in person at the Be Blogalicious movie event in Silver Spring, Maryland (photo above was taken of Susan at the event). That was a game changing moment because I had a chance to tell her how much I was inspired by her BlogHer talk and blog.
In October 2011, I listened to Susan share her journey at the Blogalicious Conference held at the National Harbor in Maryland. Later in the day, I was able to hug her and say how much I appreciated her story and work. Susan made her transition on February 6. Her hug is now a priceless gift I will always treasure.
Through Susan’s blog, I was able to witness the power of how one woman used social media to document and share her health journey, build community with like-minded people, give and receive support, and promote breast cancer awareness. She caused me to look for other women who were doing similar things with social media. I found plenty. These women along with Susan inspired me to dedicate Digital Sisterhood Month 2011 to women’s health.
I am so grateful for the presence of Susan in my social media life. Her fierce spirit, heart, and courage will always be remembered. Today I am sending love and light to her husband, sons, family, and friends. She will be deeply missed.
Visit her Toddler Planet blog to learn more about her amazing life and journey.