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Imerman Angels: Free One-on-One Cancer Support Wherever You Are

By on October 23rd, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge, The Breast Cancer Journey

The pain was sudden and excruciating. Jonny Imerman, 26, doubled over and dropped his pool cue. He managed to leave the Ann Arbor, Michigan bar that Saturday night in 2001 and get to an emergency room, where he was diagnosed as having an infection in his left testicle. This would soon turn out to be an incorrect diagnosis.

Imerman worked in commercial real estate and …

Crows or Eagles: Which Will You Choose?

By on September 24th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I submitted this essay years ago to the book Chicken Soup for the Survivor’s Soul. It was not chosen for inclusion (I never heard back), but as I recently re-read what I wrote, I could still see everything about that moment, along with remembering my subsequent thoughts and feelings. I also remember the enjoyment of writing the article. I enjoyed reading it again, and …

Dispatches From the Fifth Year: The Labyrinth

By on August 27th, 2014 Categories: News, The Breast Cancer Journey

The picture on the website of the walking labyrinth is what convinced me to actually book a weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, an idea I’d toyed with, to pause and process the fifth anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. I started noticing these labyrinths the year I was going through treatment — at a fancy hotel at a Florida beach; in the financial …

Prompting the Healing Power of Writing

By on June 25th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors uses a “prompt” to literally prompt the writing. It could be an object from a basket, as seen in the picture above, with the suggestion to then write as if you were that object. “I am Helen, a heart, who has…..”  or “ I am a bottle top and I live in…” etc. Providing a prompt …

Writing & Healing: Using Mindfulness and Creativity to Become Whole Again

By on April 16th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

My first diagnosis of breast cancer was a surprise. I was too young. There was no breast cancer in the family, but this rational defense didn’t stop what was to be: four diagnoses and eight surgeries and treatments from 1993-1998, dominating and changing my life.

I am two decades away from that first biopsy surgery. Looking back, and especially looking back through my writing, helps …

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