Category Archive: Emotional Wellness…

– Lessons I am Learning

November, 2012 – soon after diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer and prognosis of just weeks to live. Five years ago, I had Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), which is Stage 0, pre-cancer. Not really even considered cancer to most doctors. But the cells in the mass in my right breast were seen as aggressive …

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– Bedside manners 101

I wish that I could teach a class that all doctors were required to take in medical school…. Bedside Manners 101.  You could all help me teach it, I’m sure. The lessons are simple, but they seem to elude so many of them… 1.) Listen to your patient. They know their body better than you. 2.) …

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– Cancer IS a gift!

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. ― …

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– The Graceful Warrior

  Grace is the breath of God – an invisible essence beyond intellect that moves swiftly amongst us.  Grace is immediately accessible to you and everyone around you – through humility, devotion, and the courage to follow divine guidance. — Caroline Myss November, 2012 I walk the path of the warrior. I do not accept that …

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– Doorways to the Divine

  Divine energy takes many forms and so has many names. Those who are lucky enough to have experienced it can be forgiven for wanting to share it. But those who try to impose their own experience as the only way for others to access it are misguided. They are completely missing the essence of …

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– Meditation, Mindfulness, & Healing

  When I was diagnosed in 2013 with leptomeningeal brain metastases, I was told the average survivability was 2.8 months after diagnosis. I had just lost a friend to the same rare diagnosis a month after hers. Western medicine did not have much to offer me and so I resorted to three naturopathic therapies… removal …

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– The long, dark night that leads to the path of light

  October, 2012 — 2 MRIs, 2 cat scans, 2 ultrasounds, 2 biopsies and 2 days later, all I’d been told was that I was full of Stage IV metastatic cancer. Impatient, I asked the nurse for my reports and had just finished reading them when the oncologist walked in. I said, “Well, it looks …

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– Having Hope

Having hope is not “being in denial”. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t… you’re right.” If you think you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die. If you think you’re gonna prevail, you have a fighting chance and, trust me, no one’s gonna laugh at you for hoping when …

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– New Orders

There is no death, only a change of worlds. – Chief Seattle The other night I was sleeping on my side and I awoke to someone gently shaking my shoulder. “It’s time to go”, she whispered. It resembled the vague excitement of being woken up early to leave on a road trip when you were little. …

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– When tears turn to giggles…

I was still in a daze after Dr. Cheng’s proclamation of doom. After a bus ride of staring out the window at the rain and crying uncontrollably, I pulled myself together for my afternoon appointment. The waiting rooms at MD Anderson always have several jigsaw puzzles in varying states of progress. I quite liked it… …

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