Typically, three times a week, Susan will spend close to two hours working out at Therapy Works.
Richard and Susan stroll down their block during an evening walk Monday. Richard encourages Susan to get daily exercise in an effort to help maintain her strength.
Susan prepares herself with makeup in front of her vanity. Chemotherapy treatments have caused Susan to lose her hair and steroids used to prevent brain swelling have caused her to gain over 50 pounds.
It has been about a year since Lawrence resident Susan Mozykowski, 65, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain tumor. Since then she has undergone two brain surgeries and is currently getting a second round of chemotherapy. Despite her illness Susan is moving forward with her life by strengthening herself and the relationships with those she holds dear. ABOVE Susan swims laps recently at Therapy Works, 1112 W. 6th Street. She typically spends three days a week working out in the gym and the other nights walking with her husband to maintain her strength while undergoing chemotherapy.
Susan sits up from her last MRI scan at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. It has been a year since her first brain surgery. The latest results show that the tumor hasn't grown.
One of Susan's wigs rests on a mannequin at her vanity.
Susan sits in a nearby chair as a suspended intravenous chemotherapy treatment drips down during an appointment on June 13 in the Oncology Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Susan and Richard sit on their porch holding hands before an evening walk around their neighborhood Monday. Both have helped each other through life-threatening illnesses and credit each other for their support. In 1999 Richard spent four days in a coma after suffering bacterial meningitis.
Susan and Richard pray before breakfast in their home in southwest Lawrence.
Sgt. Joseph Kean of the 35th Military Police Company leans over to kiss his mother goodbye as he totes his five-year-old son Jace during his deployment ceremony at Hayden High School in Topeka.
Alongside her husband Richard, Susan throws up her hands in worship during a Sunday June 24 service at Lawrence Wesleyan Church. Lawrence Wesleyan pastor Nate Rovenstein said, "She's a great lady of faith and has been an inspiration to a lot of people. It certainly is a compelling story to see what God is doing in her life."
Susan Mozykowski leads a sing-a-long in June 2007 at Sunshine Acres Montessori Preschool and Daycare Center, the preschool she co-founded in 1970. Susan died Jan. 5, 2008, at her Lawrence home after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.
Susan Mozykowski leans down to visit with 4-year-old Emily Chester during a recent visit to Sunshine Acres Montessori Preschool and Daycare Center. Susan co-founded the school with Gene Kean in 1970.