Susan had a traumatic start to life. At the age of 15, she was the sole survivor of a boating accident that claimed the lives of her mother, father, and brother, Bill. Feeling broken and alone, she struggled to face and overcome life's challenges.
As a teenager, Susan then charged down a path of self-destruction. In the years that followed, she experienced further challenges, including domestic violence, single motherhood, cervical cancer, sexual assault, financial ruin, and a second escape from death. She experienced so much trauma and heartbreak.
As Susan grew into adulthood, she developed an almost survival instinct, learning on her own the tools required to pick herself back up.
As she entered her 40s, Susan pursued her curiosity for people and the way they think into a career as a licensed investigator to research trauma, interview experts, and delve deeply into the human mind and behaviour. She also poured my experiences onto paper as she wrote her life story, "The Girl Who Lived".
In 2016 a friend challenged Susan to face her greatest fear - water - and swim the Lorne Pier to Pub (Victoria, Australia). She has since gone on to swim The Rip Swim (Victoria, Australia), the English Channel in a 4-person relay (England to France), and the 20km Rottnest Channel (Perth, Australia). Susan is now training for a solo crossing of the English Channel in September 2022. [learn more]
Susan has learned many valuable lessons from her experiences and, as a result, has become a stronger and more resilient person. She is now passionate about sharing her tools for resilience with others so that they too may live a happier life.