I am very, very sad tonight to hear that the beautiful and brilliant Susan Niebur died today, after a hard fought battle against inflammatory breast cancer.
Susan was the mother of two very little boys, a loving wife, and an acclaimed planetary scientist – an actual astrophysicist. In fact, Susan won a prestigious award from NASA only a few months ago.
I never got to meet Susan in person, but I’ve considered her an online friend for a number of years. She’s always inspired me with her seemingly endless energy to learn more, do more and help more women.
Lots of other online friends thought a great deal of Susan as well.
Even as she grew very ill, she never stopped being part of the world around her.
Susan was a pioneer in using social media for good, and her legacy will be one in which her two little boys will be able to take pride for the rest of their lives.
It’s my understanding that Susan was able to be at home with family when her moment of transition came.
I’m so glad for that.
Her husband Curt says in a message today:
In lieu of flowers, please consider furthering Susan’s legacy through a contribution to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Or please choose to make a difference somewhere, anywhere, to anyone.
I love that: “…choose to make a difference somewhere, anywhere, to anyone.”
I know that Susan didn’t want to die yet, to leave her two young children and her husband to finish their own journeys here on planet earth without her.
But because she was not only a mother, but also a scientist full of insatiable curiosity for learning new things and making new discoveries, I hope that Susan’s journey today has given her answers to everything she ever wondered, and more.
And while I don’t claim to know how this all works yet, I also hope that maybe Susan Niebur
is with my sweet Henry today, and the two of them will look out at the radiant cosmos together with the peaceful knowledge that all of us will someday be together as one in the same Very Good Place.