Inspired by the story of Maggie
turning Tragedy into strength
On October 18, 1999, Susan’s nineteen-year-old niece, Maggie, was shot and killed in a college dorm room by her ex-boyfriend who then killed himself.
No one, not even Maggie herself, had seen the danger she was in after she had ended the relationship. A week after the murder, when a list of the warning signs of an abusive relationship was handed out on campus, Maggie’s family and friends realized how vulnerable Maggie had been. Although the murderer had never assaulted or threatened Maggie physically, he had verbally, emotionally and psychologically abused her, including refusing to accept the end of their relationship.
Shocked and outraged by what happened to Maggie, Susan was determined to turn this tragic death into an opportunity to help others move on to thrive in their lives as Maggie could not.
“Since Maggie didn’t live beyond her moment of realizing she was being abused,” Susan said, “today I work with women so they can do more than just survive abuse. I want them to thrive and find the daring, exciting and creative futures they so richly deserve.”
For more about Maggie and other important work on dating violence/healthy relationships being done in her honor, visit Remembering Maggie.
You can also read more about Maggie and the work by Susan that she has inspired in Susan’s book, Entering the Thriver Zone: A Seven-Step Guide to Thriving After Abuse. Her novel, Awaken: The Awakening of the Human Spirit on a Healing Journey, published in 2017, is the first in The Best Revenge SeriesTM. Inspired by the true event of her niece’s death, the book alerts the reader, in a story-telling format, to the warning signs of abuse in a relationship and reveals how the journey to thriving can inspire a new start in life.