Hi, I'm Susan!
"I try to stay positive, and until the day I take my final breath, I strive to pass on hope and courage to others." - Susan
In 2016 a few weeks before my first grandchild, Olivia, was born, a emergency surgery saved my life (again).
Minutes before the surgery, I had prayed to die.
Despite a body in complete agony, my mind and soul was at peace.
I was so ready to check out and content with the life I had lived.
My body was shutting down as they rushed me to surgery. I was no longer awake when I heard a voice loud and clear saying.
"it is not your timing; you have to empower the children, and you will come back to life after surgery."
Thankfully I didn't know how long it was going to take to heal after surgery.but it taught me about patience. And it enhanced my coping skills further.
It wasn't the first time I was faced with my mortality. Faith, hope, love and gratitude is the spiritual tools that I use to cope in times of adversity,.
We all face the "COVID weird world" and figure out our own ways to adjust to the new normal. To me, every day counts. I try to stay positive, and until the day I take my final breath, I'm striving to pass on hope and courage to others.
Be safe, happy, and know that you are loved.
Susan Binau is a global philanthropist, social entrepreneur, published author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, and colon cancer survivor. A past Miss Universe Denmark and Miss International Friendship, Susan has since developed resources for families to use when coping with cancer, grief, and the death or imminent death (hospice care) of a friend or family member.
- Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Currently Resides in Celebration, Florida, USA
- Mother of 4: Christina, Malene, Christian, & Andy
- Dog-Mom of 1: Siko
- Olivia and Lucas Proud grandmother
(Mormor in Danish)
- Masters Degree in Adult Education & Human Resource Development (Roskilde University)
- Bachelors Degree in Adult Teaching (Aarhus Universitet Danmarks Lærerhøjskole)
- Marketing & Leadership Training (Danish Bachelor of Commerce Accreditation Program
Susan's cancer patient advocacy journey began in 2006 when she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer a few days after her son's 2nd birthday and discovered the lack of resources available for families in that situation. In 2009 she moved to the U.S. with her family to start a global cancer awareness program that would support the families and children of people diagnosed with cancer. The goal was to make it easier for patients and their loved ones to navigate the turbulent time from diagnosis to healing or end of life.
In 2011, Susan developed the AngelKIT™ and HeartPackage resources, tools designed to fulfill an unmet need identified during her research into family experiences during the critical illness or death of loved ones. Since then, AngelKIT™ and HeartPackage donations have made a difference for more than 15,000 families worldwide. Along the way, Susan built a non-profit organization in Denmark and collaborated with non-profit organizations, hospitals, and hospices in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, and the United States.
Grief Heroes Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing grief healing and mental wellness resources to children and teenagers to help them navigate during times of adversity.
Susan's grief resources are available for free on org and is based on 10 years of development and have been proven to work in 5 countries, supporting thousands of families.
- Mor Må Jeg Få Din Pc, Hvis Du Dør? - Susan Binau, Alan Binau
- Til sygdom os skiller E-bog│Sådan overlever kærligheden, når det er svært
- Mor, Mor må jeg få din pc, hvis du dør?- stemmer fra en sygdomsramt familie (2nd edition), Forlaget Indblik, 2012
- LØVEN OG MARGUERITRUTEN – FIND DIN NETVÆRKSSTIL. Find your networking style, Ceoneo Books, 2008
- En værdig afsked - bogen om døden, MD Klara Balling and Susan Binau. Morpho Publishing, 2009
The Caring Soul Series is a collection of three inspirational self-help books, which are based on true stories and focus on people dealing with challenging life experiences ranging from serious illness through death and grieving.
- Mommy, Can I Call You In Heaven?: How we coped with cancer as a family
- Till sickness do us part–how love survives difficult times, Gads Forlag, 2009
- The Art of Dying - writing your own final chapter
The books in the Super Dog Zam Grief series offer families with grieving children a self-help tool to use at home. The workbooks were developed specifically for three different age groups: 3-5, 6-8, and 9–12 years. The books were co-authored by Susan's youngest son, Andy (creator of The Super Dog ZAM and author of My Doggy Diary), and daughter, Malene Shak (a certified Montessori teacher).
- The Parent's Guide - how to support your grieving child
- The Super Dog ZAM ages 3-5: A helping paw for grieving children
- The Super Dog ZAM ages 6-8: a helping pal for grieving children
- The Super Dog ZAM ages 9-12: A companion for grieving children
- A dignified passing - an inspirational booklet for relatives of a terminally ill or dying patient, Landsforeningen Stoette for Afskeden, 2013
Addressing the difficult topics of illness, death and dying in her books was a way to create awareness of harmful cultural taboos. Sharing her own experiences and the experiences of her family opened much needed community and international dialog on this topic, ultimately leading to speaking engagements throughout Denmark and beyond. Through these engagements, Binau speaks to patients, patient families, and healthcare professionals to provide motivation, inspiration, and guidance. An experienced speaker, Susan has traveled internationally to share her story.