The Dart: After battle with cancer, Weed uses horses as therapy

Published 9:46 am Monday, March 26, 2007

After a five-month battle with cancer, Susan Weed, 48, is back in the saddle and back doing what she loves — taking care of her horses.

Weed said taking care of her two quarter horses, Pete and Roane, are a method of therapy for her.

Weed takes care of her horses at a barn at the end of Leo Ivy Road.

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“You really don’t think about a lot when you come out here, you know,” she said. “You just come out here, ride and listen to the birds.”

Saturday, Weed and a friend were out feeding and brushing their horses and loading hay in the barn.

Last September, Weed was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to have surgery.

But that didn’t stop her from enjoying her time with her hoofed friends.

“I had my surgery on a Tuesday, didn’t get out of the hospital until that Friday but that Sunday I was back out here,” she said.

Although she didn’t stop taking care of her horses during her recovery process, riding them was another issue.

“I didn’t ride very much because it wasn’t the right time of year and I couldn’t lift very much right after the surgery,” Weed said.

Weed received her last chemotherapy treatment in January and has since been enjoying more of her time spending time with Roane and Pete.

“I am just glad to be here,” she said. “Glad to have another day.”