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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 …

Changing Paths

By on February 6th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

[This was originally published on Positives About Negative on August 26, 2013.]

Old paths are such comforts. Losing them feels like losing the coziness of an old friendship.

Today we took a new path through the woods and got a bit lost. The familiar markers were gone and their comfort and clarity gone with them. That’s often the way with forging a trail — you …

Strive to Thrive: Do Good, Feel Good – How Volunteering Can Give You the Gift of Well-Being

By on December 23rd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Scrooge. Just uttering the name conjures up images of a callous, bitter, and miserly “bah-humbug” of a man. Scrooge’s story is inextricably linked to the holiday season and can be seen on TV, stage, and in store windows every December.

The story of Scrooge’s transformation in Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” from a nasty curmudgeon to a smiling and generous gentleman remains compelling to readers over …

Strive to Thrive: The Many Benefits of Self-Expression

By on November 13th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Part 1 of Jean Kane’s series, Project Strive to Thrive: Ideas for Moving Beyond “Survival” After Breast Cancer

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — From “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver

No one realizes the precious nature of life better than someone diagnosed with cancer. But cancer can also cause a wild range of …

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