Sue Jensen – Blazing a Successful Trail

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

An outdoorswoman, born and bred, Sue Jensen grew up in northwest British Columbia, fishing, hiking, competing in local rodeos, and working as a whitewater rafting guide. It was there that she met her husband, Wade, a hunting guide who spent his winters on a cattle ranch and summers working in the wilderness. Once they were married, Sue joined him, working on a ranch as a cowgirl and tending to more than 1400 expectant heifers in her first year.

This adventurous lifestyle continued until five years ago when, out of the blue, Sue suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Given less than a 5% chance of surviving, she defied the doctors’ predictions by emerging from her coma after three weeks. She had a long road to recovery ahead, beginning with relearning how to walk and talk—and at the time, Sue assumed her working life was over. “I didn’t think I could ever work again. I thought to myself, ‘What am I going to do for the rest of my life?’” However, she wasn’t going to back down without a fight, no matter how severe her condition. “I could have just accepted my fate, but I didn’t want to. I wanted to be active, involved, and useful.”

R+F Consultant Sue Jensen headshot

On the trail of a new adventure

Over the years Sue and her old friend Tanya Cassidy, whom she met through the rodeo, kept in contact. In February of 2016, Sue saw a post about Tanya’s new career as a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant. Having never heard of the Company, Sue though nothing more of it.

It wasn’t until that July, when she saw another post, that her interest was further piqued. As Tanya was one of her closest friends, she decided to give her a call and find out what all the excitement was about.

R+F Consultant Sue Jensen at Baldy Mountain

Sue’s big accomplishment on Baldy Mountain— her first big post-stroke hike, and the day after she started using R+F products. Not only did she conquer this mountain… she conquered her will to work again.

“I was coming up on forty, and I needed better skincare than I was using. After my accident I struggled to look after my skin properly, as my right arm was affected. I paid for expensive facials but I was disappointed every time.” When she heard from Tanya about the great results that people were having with R+F’s products, she decided it was past time to try them, and she also followed her friend into business. “I was sold, and I signed up as an Independent Consultant that afternoon after our call.”

R+F Consultant Sue Jensen with her family

Sue enjoying the beautiful views with her beloved family.

Taking back the reins

Setting out, Sue wasn’t sure she’d be able to succeed as a skincare Consultant. Her recovery had gone incredibly well, but she still stumbled over words and struggled with numbers. But those difficulties turned out to present less of a problem than she’d anticipated. The digital nature of Rodan + Fields allows Sue to build her business using her computer and phone—a key to her success. The business’ flexibility empowers her, and she is able to fit it to her abilities and her life. With her husband away guiding in the summer months and an active two-year-old to look after, coupled with her continued physical difficulties, Sue is kept very busy at home most of the time. “Unlike some other Consultants, I don’t get out and socialize that much. But with the wonders of social media I can connect with people all over the world and build my business regardless.”

R+F Consultant Sue Jensen and her family

Sue with her family at Waterton National Park.

Sue felt like she lost some of her autonomy after her stroke, but her new career has helped to return her old confidence and independence. “I can still go whitewater rafting, but I can’t guide anymore—now I’m sitting in the back. But with my R+F business, I’m in charge and it has given me back something that’s all mine.” Not only has she regained confidence in her capabilities, she is also very impressed by the changes in her appearance.

Sue has used the products herself from day one and had very positive results. “At the age of 40 I thought my skin wasn’t going to get any better over time. But boy was I wrong!” Her excitement about the products has helped grow her business, and she fits her R+F hours around her busy stay-at-home-mom schedule. Sue works 10-15 hours per week now but makes a point of always putting her family before her work. Looking to the future, she hopes to be able to contribute enough to the family finances that her husband doesn’t have to go away for such long trips each summer.

R+F Consultant Sue Jensen's husband and son, her why

Wade, Gordy, and his horse “Butterhead”— they are Sue’s “why”!

Setting a steady pace

Sue’s new career has led her on a thoroughly invigorating and empowering journey. She is proud of her achievements in the face of adversity, and hugely grateful for the opportunity she has been given. Her inspirational comeback has defied the odds and is due to her strength and tenacity. “It may take me a little longer to do things, but I am so happy that R+F has given me something just for me, that I can excel at despite everything. The more I work, the better I’ll get. I’m living proof that with the right attitude anyone can make this business work for them.”


Tell Me More…

What did you want to be when you grow up? A veterinarian.

Where would you most like to live? Right here in Southern Alberta

What hobby would you like to take up? When you’re trying to keep up with a two-year-old boy, there’s no time for hobbies!

What was the biggest R+F hurdle you overcame? Not knowing my letters or numbers because of the stroke. I didn’t think I would ever be able to work again; this is a dream come true!

What is your dream R+F trip destination? New Zealand.




One response to “Sue Jensen – Blazing a Successful Trail”

  1. Abigail says:

    This story means so much to me, and Sue, I am so thankful you are on the road to recovery and are hiking again! I absolutely love hiking (and riding horses) and that is part of the reason I work this business, so that I have more opportunity and freedom to do so. Stay strong Sue, you and your family are in my thoughts and I hope your business is going well!

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