"My life’s purpose is to assist people in becoming the best version of themselves that they can be,

by discovering love, healing & happiness"

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Susana’s journey

In 2013 Susana fell extremely ill and was forced to stop working. After months of misdiagnoses and being put on the wrong medication she almost lost her life she ended up in ICU for the second time that year, but this time with little to no hope. Susana found herself drifting in and out of consciousness, she was being kept alive by huge amounts of medical steroids, cortisone and comforted by morphine, after enduring almost every medical test and various intrusive biopsies she was finally correctly diagnosed with a extreme case of systemic lupus which was causing seizures and near organ failure. As a last resort to save her life, doctors put Susana on a course of emergency chemotherapy. If it worked it could take up to 18 to 24 months to get her into remission.

With a deep belief that her life’s work was not yet done, Susana fought, hard. She combined various methods and philosophies of healing techniques as well as diverse therapies and coupled everything with conventional medication and chemotherapy. This resulted in a holistic healing process that managed to get her into remission within just 6 months, baffling doctors and medical professionals.

Susana has been exposed to verbal, physical and sexual abuse, her heart was shattered when she was divorced and ended a 14 years relationship, she experienced a miscarriage, has survived acute depression resulting in an attempted suicide and healed from near death, caused by a life threatening disease. Yet, today she is one of the happiest people you will every meet.
Susana is constantly being asked to share her story and reveal the steps and process she underwent to reclaim her life. For this reason coupled with her vow to the universe, that if she was able to live, that she would make it count, she feels compelled to do what is constantly asked of her and finally tell her tale.

These recent events have created a catalyst that has assisted Susana in realizing her life’s purpose, she deeply believes that she is still alive so that she can make a difference in people’s lives by helping them overcome her three greatest challenges and discover self-love, healing and happiness and by doing so, become the best version of themselves they can be.

The 3 Greatest Challenges I Have Overcome

have been Self-Love, Healing & Happiness and in this first ever one day event I will guide you through my story and reveal the steps that I took to reclaim my life:

It all begins and ends with love – Become so filled with love that you spill over and splash love everywhere you go
Love is the reason for everything! It is the reason we do anything, to find love, to share love, to experience love, fills life with the magic and beauty that makes everything worthwhile. But what about self-love?
 
How much do you really love yourself?
 
Can you look in the mirror proudly, with a warm smile on your face and say: “I love you. I’m so glad, I get to be you!” I certainly couldn’t, in fact I spoke to myself so badly and I treated myself so badly, far worse than I would ever even consider treating another living thing.

What I didn’t realise was that this very act of self abuse was literally killing me… over the past three years I have been on the most incredible journey of learning self love and appreciation, it has completely changed my life in every way. As I stand here today I can honestly say, I really like the woman I have become and not in an arrogant way, but in a self assured confident way that allows me to greet the world with an open heart, loving each individual I encounter, because I am no longer feeling threatened by them.

Wouldn’t you like to feel the same way?
Wouldn’t you like to free yourself of self judgment and abuse?
Wouldn’t it be incredible to walk tall feeling secure, happy and confident in your own skin… I can show you how.

Create a life of health, vitality and well-being. In January 2014 I was in ICU fighting for my life, when I went into hospital they didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was being kept alive by cortisone and steroids, I was on heavy doses of morphine, in and out of consciousness. After extensive tests and intrusive biopsies, the doctors concluded I had a severe case of Systemic lupus. Lupus like cancer is a gene that many of us carry, it can be triggered to mutate and like cancer, you can get it in one organ, or in many organs… me being me, I don’t do anything half hearted, so I had it in every organ, except my heart. I was having brain seizures and my organs began to fail me. As a last resort my doctors decided to try chemo. If it worked, it would probably take 18 to 24 months to get me into remission… I was in remission in 5 months… Yes, chemo contributed but I did many other things which I deeply believe assisted me in being here today. My illness and the road to recovery have become one of the greatest gifts I have ever experienced in my life. It has given me the opportunity to heal on so many levels, in so many ways and I am forever grateful for what I have been through.

Each and every one of us have our own journey of healing, our own illness of the body, heart, mind, or spirit. In the section of the course I will go over everything that I did that assisted me in my recovery. Whether you have a medical illness or suffering from an emotional wound, the steps that I took to healing may not heal you in the way that you perceive to be correct, but they will assist you on a path to your soul’s highest journey, which can lead you to a sense of well-being never before experienced.

Stop existing, Start Living. I come from an extremely abusive and challenging past, I have overcome incredible adversity and risen up to become one of the happiest people I know.

So many people are weighed down with the challenges of life, that they don’t even know where to begin when it comes to living in a state of happiness. They believe that happiness is experienced by the lucky few, but I am here to tell you that it is not. Happiness like everything else, is a practice. It is something you can learn and once you do your life will be so incredibly full and rich far beyond anything you ever thought possible.

I know for some of you it sounds too good to be true. If somebody had said that to me a few years ago I would have thought they were completely crazy, that it was not possible. But I have been at rock bottom. I know what it feels like to exist in a constant state of pain, a pain so deep it even becomes physical… I know what it is like to live a life filled with anxiety and dread… I know the difference between a cry for help and reaching the point of no return… I have been so low that I have tried to take my own life because I saw no hope, no way out… and it is because of these experiences that I have been able to take my knowledge and turn it into wisdom.

I am now genuinely one of the happiest people I know, I am grateful for every single moment of my life. Even the challenges because I’ve built up the tools, I’ve mastered certain practices into a way of being and now my life is truly a joyful one lived fully. With the right information, with the right practices, knowledge and effort, you too can begin to live a joyful existence and become the happiest person you know, if you choose to be. I would be honored to assist you on this journey of discovering the happiest you’ve ever been.

Susana's Biography

Susana has always used her skills to help others achieve their dreams; whether its producing films, helping underprivileged children or interviewing local and international personalities to share their knowledge. Susana’s passion to serve is clear.
At 19 years of age, Susana’s leadership and creative qualities were first noticed by industry professionals. She had worked her way up from being a TV set runner to producing and directing her first insert for “The Breakfast Club” on SABC3. After a short stint as a Creative Director’s assistant she was offered a position as Creative Director. Susana used this as opportunity to better equip herself and went on to study at AFDA, specializing in acting and directing. She graduated with her honours degree with honors in all her subjects. Head hunted while still studying, her first directing job was for an event honoring one of her heroes, Nelson Mandela.

Since then Susana has worked in almost every aspect of the creative industry, from make-up artistry to photography to acting, creative directing, producing, directing, theatre, production design and more, both on and off the camera. Some of her credits include acting on both stage and film in the international mini-series Diamonds to local appearances in films and TV series such as Jack Nimble, Bakgat 2, Isidingo, One Way and For Sale. She acted in and produced the feature films Night Drive and Irish co-production The Good Man, the films were released both locally and internationally. She also produced, Soccer South of the Umlilo, which was aired during the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South African NuMetro cinemas.

Susana also had her own successful radio show called “The Susana Kennedy Show” on 2oceansvibe radio geared at inspirion, motivation, celebration and innovation. She interviewed local and international personalities from human behavioral specialist Dr. John Demartini to rapper MC Hammer to motivational speaker Robin Banks and British entrepreneur Greg Secker. She also interviewed various South African musicians, sports personalities, entrepreneurs, comedians and film makers, all of them with a few things in common – a deep passion and the ability to inspire and transform people’s lives.
Susana’s drive to constantly be the best version of herself coupled with her passion to help others underlies all of her projects with a “pay it forward” aspect. She has worked on anti-poaching adverts, arranged collection of supplies for underprivileged communities, supported various woman empowerment organizations, and currently has two charity projects that she supports and feels very passionate about: Phakam community in Gugulethu, for which Susana is a board member, is a community project that aims to nourish, uplift and empower the Gugulethu community through its feeding schemes, educational programs, abuse support programs and upskilling programmes; the second charity is called “Sunshine Sanctuary and is a transformational rescue and rehabilitation center for animals in the Plettenberg Bay area.

During this time Susana has worked with other expert speaking in producing online courses and content and assisting them with their brand image, all in the name of assisting people in realizing their full potential and living better lives. Susana, believes that through all that she has experienced she has so much to share and is excited to continue on this ever evolving journey called life.
On the 5th of November 2016, Susana will finally launch her own course on “Love, Health & Happiness.” In this course Susana tells her story and shares her experience of what has assisted her in overcoming her three greatest challenges, self-love, healing the body, mind and soul and discovering true happiness.”

Testimonials

"Gorgeous Suzie- beautiful inside and out, you always put a smile on my face"

Lan Yin Chang

“Susana has an amazing presence and energy on stage"

Robin Kolberg

“Susana's generous heart and kindness toward others and dedication to charity projects we've worked on together really inspired me. She is full of sunshine and it glows in everything she touches."

Natasha Clark

"I am truly inspired by Susana's positive outlook on life, regardless of what challenges she may be facing, especially during the time she got sick and had chemotherapy."

Lorelle Hoffman