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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 …

Strive to Thrive: Welcome Spring by Letting Spirituality Bloom

By on April 10th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

A few days before my scheduled double mastectomy, I begrudgingly allowed a dear friend to take me to a “healing service” at her church. My reluctance grew out of uncertainty — what was a “healing service,” anyway? And, was it worth a precious hour or two of my time while I was busy preparing my family and myself for surgery, recovery, and the months of …

The Silver Lining: An Insightful Guide to the Realities of Breast Cancer

By on March 18th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

As a healthy, happy, thirty-nine year old mother with no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease in 2010 shattered my world.

As a nurse, social worker and child development specialist with experience in an intensive care unit and both adult and pediatric hospice, I found myself in the unique position of moving from the side of the bed as a healthcare …

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 …

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