Three generations of the Logan family — Stephanie Cox; her mother, Susan Logan; and Stephanie’s 4-year-old daughter, Natasha — plan to enjoy Mother’s Day together.

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Mom Who Beat Death Twice Counts Her Blessings

 

Susan Logan has been a divorced, single stay-at-home mother, a working mom, grandmother and church mom.Now at the age of 68, she’s started her first business becoming a “mompreneur.”

Logan nearly didn’t live to see what’s she’s become — she’s had two near-death experiences in the past 10 years. Five months after recovering from a brain aneurism, she was battling cancer. Both fights were won with the help of her only child, Stephanie Cox, who has been her constant motivation.

Logan’s daughter is her business developer with her new venture, Knock Out Your List, which Logan says was inspired by her wanting people to be able to spend as much time as possible with their loved ones instead of worrying about additional tasks they may have.

“My business started off as me wanting supplemental income, because there is nothing quite it in the area,” Logan said, referring to her new business. “But it also is because I realize how precious time is and I want other people to be able to have that time with their family. So you can say a part of my incentive was also to keep going after two death-defying experiences. I went from a brain aneurism only to survive that, and then five months later fight cancer and go through all the treatments and chemo and survive that too. It just made me realize that every day is a blessing and you do have to take one day at a time.”

Until this month, Logan spent most of her time being grandmother to her daughter’s 4-year-old Natasha and teaching water fitness at Sportsplex to a class of 50- to 92-year-olds. For her, helping them get fit is another reminder of why it is important to stay active in order to live as much of life as possible after coming back from the brink of death.

During her daughter’s early years, Logan was a stay-at-home who headed back to the workforce when she divorced. She is originally from Cincinnati and when the family moved to Georgia they lived in Ellijay for a while. When Cox chose to attend the University of West Georgia, Logan tagged along and moved into the area to be closer to her.

It would be her daughter who would drive her to the hospital when she had the brain aneurism and Logan remembers moments when she thought she would not live to see Cox get married or have her own family. Being sick, she also had to learn to reverse roles and let her daughter become the parent for a while since she was physically incapable of doing many things for herself.

“She was literally my voice when I could not speak to even my doctors,” said Logan. “I remember looking at her and Chris, who was her boyfriend then, and thinking that I might live to share their moments with them and how valuable life is.”

Logan did recover to see her daughter marry and have her own child. She said the most priceless moment was when she saw her baby having her own baby and seeing her granddaughter do the things her daughter used to do, and with such a similar personality.

Logan’s faith has not been broken and she participates in her church women’s Bible study along with her daughter. She said she enjoys being a part of a group like that because older women are able to directly connect to younger women.

As for some who think that being a mom is not that much of job, Logan, who has had to go through a few types of motherhood, said that it’s not just a job but an obligation.

“Not bashing men, but I think some men may not realize it is a job to be mom,” she said. “Some women work inside the house and men don’t realize that the laundry doesn’t end up folded in drawers and the dinner doesn’t get cooked by magic. That’s a job. Then if they work outside the home, they still have to balance outside work with inside work.

“I have total admiration for mothers like that and my daughter is one of them because they have the ability to be planners and time budgeters and they get an incredible amount of work done. That’s a lot of self-discipline. I think with my business, I hope to give some moms that time back so that they can have more time for themselves. When my daughter was in her teens, as a single mom it was tough and she was very active in things and we spent more time in the car driving than actual together time, so that one-on-one balance is important too.”

Cox is very proud of her mother, who she said has given her a new insight on appreciating the small things.

“She has shown me that everyday small things just mean so much,” she said. “She has definitely taught me to be a strong woman and to rely on myself to be independent. That period she was sick was terrifying to me. I’m very appreciative she lives near and can get my daughter or go to her little events when my husband and I can’t. Mother’s Day to me is about appreciating family, enjoying all that time that you spend with them. Sure, some moms and daughters don’t always get along but my advice to them would be to make an effort and don’t give up easily. Open that communication.”

The Mother’s Day message Logan has for moms is to simply celebrate motherhood.

“Just enjoy it and know that motherhood is a blessing and know you are blessed that God gave you this child or children,” she said. “They truly are the greatest gifts you can ever have.”