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Thriving Emotionally During the Holidays

By on December 23rd, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

The holidays bring a mix of happiness and stress, hopefulness and memories, and mixed emotions for many. All of these feelings can combine in an especially bittersweet blend for women experiencing breast cancer. Coping with the real challenges as well as the joys of shopping, cooking, family gatherings, and other celebrations can be an emotional roller coaster when you are dealing with your own illness.…

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 …

Celebrating Sisterhood: Weekend Sleepaway Camp Honoring Survivors and Friends

By on October 2nd, 2013 Categories: Events, The Breast Cancer Journey

Weekend sleepaway camp for women: honoring survivors and their girlfriends!

I’m going to camp! I never did as a child — Cuban parents don’t allow that. They’re, let’s say…a bit over-protective. So earlier this year when the opportunity presented itself for me to go to camp with girlfriends, I was the first one on the plane! It was amazing…relaxing, hilarious, nurturing, FUN, validating, emotional, revealing, …

How to Give Yourself a Present on Your Journey: Meditation

By on April 17th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey, Treatment & Side Effects

When I was going through treatment, delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and delectable desserts arrived in the “magic cooler” outside my garage door most days for over a month. Someone even made a lunch and delivered it to school for my 6th grader every day for a week (because she is my fourth child, and I’ve made over 6,300 lunches over the years — I …

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