About Sue Schroder



Like so many of us, I  was an innocent bystander when I was hit by the truck of a cancer diagnosis in 2009.

At the same time I was leaving a career as a journalist at The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com, I was diagnosed with a cancer I’d never heard of: follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma. I chose the most aggressive treatment path and joined a clinical trial, which put me into a complete remission as of September 16, 2010.

Nothing unique about being diagnosed and treated for cancer. Thousands, if not millions of us, have been there, done that … and may well again.

My remission could go on 10 more minutes – or 10 years.

Living on the edge — knowing the sleeping beast within could stir at any time — forces the likes of me to confront a big one:

How do we live in the here and now, instead of in constant fear of the when and if?

Do we have a choice?

Almost 8 years out of cancer’s starting gate, I can answer yes, no question.

Being a quote junkie  helps me focus on my todays.

Maybe this one will help you, too:

“We cannot control what happens to us, but we can choose how we respond to it. Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of human freedoms— to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
— Dr. Viktor Frankl,  “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

or this from Sister Sue Tracy on her blog, toodooloosue.com:

“Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “I think I’ll squeeze those dangly things here and drink whatever comes out?”

First rule: Always leave ’em laughing.