I am Fearlessly living - Sue


I never used to be fearless.

I let fear shape a large part of my life.

  • Fear of not being liked.

  • Fear of not being enough.

  • Fear of not doing things right or well.

  • Fear of failure.


In 2005 at the age of 45, I was enjoying my career, a wife, a mother to two daughters then aged 21 & 20, and a son aged 17 - I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

I had a breast removed and reconstructed, my ovaries removed, suffered a ruptured bowel emergency surgery, chemotherapy, and was advised I would be on medication for 5 years.


That's when I learned to "Feel the fear and do it anyway." Life as I knew it could be taken away at any moment.


I learned to ride motorbikes, I travelled to some amazing places around the world. I embraced challenges, and pushed myself.

Life was good and I wasn't fearful of failure or being liked or being enough.

In 2017, 6 weeks after becoming a grandmother for the first time and a second grandchild due two months later, I was diagnosed with Advanced Breast Cancer.

Incurable, but treatable. Statistics were 2-5 years.

Was I still Fearless?

No! I feared dying, I feared the unknown. I feared that I wasn't going to be around to see my grandchildren grow up.


But again, I allowed the fear to come and I faced it.


I am still here!

I am not dying; I am fearlessly living.


I am so grateful and blessed with unconditional love from my whānau.

I love supporting and sharing my knowledge and journey with others. Life isn't meant to be an easy ride and we can't control a lot of it.

But we can control how we choose to deal with situations and I choose to be Fearless.


I AM FEARLESS.



Blog written by: Sue


The #IAMFEARLESS campaign was run by Studio81 as a way to encourage women from all walks of life to kickstart, inspire, and/or motivate any upcoming goals they had, to share a part of their life's journey, and to impart any wisdoms learned along the way.