What to say to a friend who is sick: Show Empathy

A friend is sick….what to say in a card, when you call, in person? How do you show empathy?

“If you need anything, call me. And if you don’t call me, I promise I’ll call you. And I’ll keep calling,” – bestguess, N.Y.

“Don’t feel like talking? Me either. Let’s sit here and not talk together.” – […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Making Life Meaningful, Talk for Hope|0 Comments

A Three-Minute Speech: Evoke Emotion and Impart Wisdom

My three minutes of podium time was preceded with an introduction by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. His introduction was about the power of story, and specifically my expertise on the subject. He didn’t just do research on me. He admitted to me that he was aware of my work years ago. I was surprised to […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Speaker, Storytelling, Survivorship|9 Comments

Imagery and Story: A Memorable Message

At the St Barnabas Hospital Survivorship event at which I was the keynote speaker, I sat next to the Reverend Dr. Valerie Griffin who gave the convocation.  After hearing my talk that included some messages about faith, she wished me a happy new year (Jewish).  She told me at the hospital, the shofar was sounded. […]

By |September 21st, 2015|Making Life Meaningful, Simply Story, Storytelling|0 Comments

Speaker Hoarseness: Vocal Hygiene

My frequent hoarseness drove me to see a specialist to rule out cancer with a laryngoscopy. Then, I had 8 sessions with a speech pathologist who specialized in ‘Vocal Hygiene,’ (I love that title) for preservation and healthy maintenance of the voice. My hoarseness improved even on days when I went in with a hoarse […]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Overall Health, Speaker, Storytelling|0 Comments

What does HOPE mean? Not necessarily ‘a CURE.’

If you ask a cancer survivor what HOPE means to them, their answer may not necessarily be ‘a CURE.’ It may be ‘feeling well enough to attend a family event in two months,’ or ‘accomplish a task within the week’, or  ‘have a pain-free moment’.

After my presentation at Grand Rounds, I had a tour of […]

What To Say: To A Cancer Survivor

So many people have said to me, “You look fantastic!”

Why focus on how I look? You probably have little idea about my quality of life compromises that you cannot see on the outside. For me, I had bilateral vocal chord polyps and nodules, basal cell carcinoma in my radiated field, ringing in my ears, […]

Humanity is Abundant

“I am lucky enough to have a front row seat for Humanitarian Acts,” proclaimed my new friend Ida Huneault who chaired the dental hygiene conference in Ottawa at which I was the keynote speaker.

Her 15 year old son Tyler Huneault has Sialidosis, a very rare enzyme disorder from which few children survive more than a […]

By |October 20th, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Survivorship, Talk for Hope|3 Comments

Creative Commercial Tells a Story

This commercial tells a compelling story. They are not selling services. They are selling their passion to make a difference through STORY. No better vehicle to engage listeners and be memorable than through a story. It certainly worked with me! It’s a story about a healthy active woman diagnosed with cancer but survives well due […]

By |September 28th, 2014|Storytelling|0 Comments

Talk4Hope: Small Gesture Best Friend

Canada is a huge country and not too populated so they open their doors to loads of people from all corners of the world who are young enough to add to the work force and hopefully add to the population by starting a family there.

My taxi driver from downtown Saskatoon to the airport told me […]

By |September 14th, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Simply Story, Talk for Hope|0 Comments

Little Kindness Big Opportunities

Two years ago, after my lecture for the National Oral Health Conference in Huntsville Alabama, I grabbed some dinner at the hotel restaurant. When I went to pay my bill,  the server told me it was taken care of. I inquired by whom. I walked over to the ‘lady over there.’ Shelly Spoeth, […]

By |August 21st, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Simply Story, Storytelling|0 Comments