Free spirit fights cancer on her own terms

Attend a powwow. Participate in a dance circle. Bake oatmeal-raisin cookies. These seem
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Attend a powwow.

Participate in a dance circle.

Bake oatmeal-raisin cookies.

These seemingly unrelated bullet items top Sue Reardon's list of what she hopes to do upon entering the "real world."

During the past few weeks, the free-spirited Sandusky librarian's world has shrunk from one of spontaneity and vibrant colors to the four sterile walls of her hospital room.

Her daily routine -- once packed with writing poetry, performing character reenactments and participating in Native American spiritual and social events -- is pared down to daily physical rehabilitation, speech lessons and chemotherapy.

But under her variety of wigs -- each style suits a particular mood -- she's still the same Sue her colleagues in pink have come to know and love for the past 25 years.

She still answers the telephone with a chipper "Hola!"

And she jokes about the injustices of cancer -- including the fact that her waist-length locks are now gone, but somehow the unwanted chin hairs keep sprouting.