Mindfulness & the All-Time Best Definition of Success

"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of one's self; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a [...]

Saying “Yes” to Creative Healing After Cancer

I just discovered a New York Times article entitled, "Finding Poetry in Cancer," which explores the healing power of writing poetry about the cancer experience. Written mostly by amateur poets, the verses are jarring, real and moving. One poet, Karin Miller, began writing poetry when her husband developed testicular cancer. Today, she curates the "Cancer [...]

What is Courage? Allowing Our Cowardly Lion to Look Fear in the Face

What is Courage? Allowing Our Cowardly Lion to Look Fear in the Face

  "What makes a King out of a slave? Courage. What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage. What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage. What makes the Sphinx the 7th Wonder? Courage. What makes the dawn come up like THUNDER?! Courage. What [...]

3 Lessons Learned: Finding Peace in the Midst of Tragedy

It's been a very depressing couple of months. The Aurora movie theater shooting, Hurricane Sandy's devastation, the Oregon mall shooting and, just last Friday morning, the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which left 20 first graders and six women dead.I really don't know what to say. I'm struggling between the forces of depression and heartache [...]

Inspirational Life Lessons: How to Live & Die

This is a hard post to write. Last weekend I had a joyous Thanksgiving with my very large family. The next morning, I joined another family to mourn and celebrate an exceptional woman. Her name was Peggy and she died at age 66 from ovarian cancer. Peggy and I served on the Pathways Women's Cancer [...]

Do You Want to Find Support? Communicate!

Do You Want to Find Support? Communicate!

Do you feel alone, lonely and angry that no one really gets what you've been through and what you're still struggling with as a cancer survivor? Wouldn't it be great to get the emotional support you need and deserve? I've got a word of advice for you: Communicate!  During the first six and one half months of my cancer experience, [...]