'She had magic – on and off the stage'
This is the address given by Michael Colgan, Susan Fitzgerald's devoted husband, to mourners at her funeral
I've never been comfortable with the phrase 'putting up a fight to the end', or indeed 'losing a battle to cancer'. Why should one have a fruitful life characterised as having ended as a loser, a failure.
Susan never fought cancer, she did far better, she accepted it. Knowing for two years that what she had was incurable, she never complained, never said why me, was never angry. She just took it all with her customary grace, elegance and style.
And that empowered her. Each of the nurses, whether at the Beacon or those visiting from the hospice, told me over and over again, that they were privileged to know her, and I'm not surprised because you see, along with her other qualities, it was Susan's way to care for the carers.