International Women’s Day Special Edition- Power talk by Susan Kolpack

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March is such an exciting month with International Women’s Day!

Womenlines team is all geared up to bring to all lovely womenfolk from across the globe throughout the month ‘THE CONTENT’ (video, panel discussions, interviews, articles), to inspire, motivate, acknowledge, enable them to unleash the phenomenal woman within them!

Sharing a powerful video by Susan Kolpack, a Global Goodwill Ambassador from the USA who is currently helping to build a school for disadvantaged children in Africa as well as breast cancer advocate & kidney research advocate through Canada’s Brush of Hope Celebrity eBay Auction and now part of Canada’s FAAVM and its Sing For Peace Project!!

In the words of Susan Kolpack-

“I am just an everyday woman like anyone else but I want to leave the world a better place for my 3 beautiful children and 4 grandchildren. I have always had a heart for the downtrodden my entire life. I was bullied all through elementary school and a Nun at the school took me under her wing. I found solace in books and music. Any historical books I could read I did. My mom never went past the 6th grade but she could tell you anything you needed to know about Jewish history, European,  Eurasian and she was a wiz at long hand math. She loved long division. She left school to help her Mom out at home by doing laundry and ironing for neighbours.

Most of my Moms family perished in the Holocaust over 100 members. Only a handful escaped just before WWI  by converting to Catholicism a and came here and settled on the Locks in Medina NY.  Her grandfather went back at the beginning of WWII to try & bring back family but was never heard from again. I eventually found him on a Dachau death list my bubbe my Mother’s mother lived with us. She never spoke English. Only Polish, Russian and Yiddish so we have to speak it in the house. Hence why I found it easy learning new languages I promised my mom I would search for her family. I have yet to find anyone that survived.

I feel like I hear their voices crying out to say help stop what’s going on in the world but with love & kindness that is what people are in need of because in the end when you are facing your twilight years or whether it comes suddenly that’s all that matters. Not titles or possessions but what you did, how you treated people. I stopped my search for a while as it became emotionally overwhelming but then two years ago after having the worst headache of my life I was diagnosed with a Right Carotid PiCA Cerebral Aneurysm ( a very rare type < .02% are this type ) it’s currently not treatable. I sat in total fear for 6 weeks not getting dressed not leaving the house. But then I said I can’t keep doing this, living like I am already dead. Now does this mean I do not have fear anymore? Of course not. I realize that the next bad headache could be my last or that my life would drastically change as I know it. 60% never make it to the hospital and those that do 40% will have a major disability but with mine 75% never make it through surgery.  So it’s an ongoing process, a conscious choice, to let fear rule and what if or try to be the best I can be every day.

Slowly I pulled myself up and started doing my humanitarian work (currently helping to build a school for disadvantaged children in Africa ) as well as breast cancer advocate & kidney Research advocate through Canada’s Brush of Hope Celebrity eBay Auction and now part of Canada’s FAAVM and its Sing For Peace Project (I studied music my entire life ) my mother made sure her 5 girls had the education she never had.”

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