Keynote Speaker Stories Part 7: Enrich Life By Giving

When fighting for my life, I lamented the many lost opportunities to raise my children knowing the value of donations and charity. My focus shifted to building a foundation of family values. I purchased a custom charity box with modern lines and accents of metal curves which brought attention to the personalized message emblazoned in [...]

By |2020-07-13T13:32:47-04:00July 13th, 2020|Parenting, Speaker, Storytelling|2 Comments

Keynote Speaker Stories Part 6: Smallest Kiss Becomes The Biggest Gift

Vying for my attention became a constant and fierce rivalry between my two children. No matter how hard I tried to equalize my time, it was a fight to make up for the weeks they were denied while I underwent treatment for oral cancer. We would start an art project, and while I was admiring [...]

By |2020-07-02T13:13:29-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Parenting, Speaker, Storytelling|3 Comments

Talk for Hope: Foster Child Asking For What She Needs

A story not silenced. She was raised by a single mother in upstate NY. She was a 'good kid' and stood out as a great dancer. By age 12, she knew she was gay and became outspoken about her discovery, causing unmanageable friction in the house. In this day and age, there are still parents who just [...]

Cancer Takes a Dad and Leaves a Family Who Needs Closure from the Doctor

I am touched by the sensitivity of this doctor. Here as an article with pearls of wisdom. WELL Sep 13, 2012, 12:01 AM The Widow's Doctor Visit By MIKKAEL A. SEKERES, M.D. I walked into the examination room and saw her sitting there, her arm around her 10-year-old son, her teenage daughter across the room. [...]

A Child Asks You, “What is Cancer?”

A loaded question!  It must be answered sensitively, taking into consideration the child’s age and circumstance relating to cancer. A friends nine-year-old son was told, "Grandma is taking medicine that makes her hair fall out." Really? Do you think a 9 yr old hasn’t ever heard of cancer? On the school bus, 9-yr olds hear [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:20-04:00July 19th, 2012|Making Life Meaningful, Parenting, Survivorship|0 Comments

‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek,’ A New Book to Help Children Understand Cancer

"Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek" will be available for free downloads for the month of April, Oral Cancer Awareness Month, my personal campaign. Please share your comments and feedback! Your 'LIKE' on the Talk4Hope Facebook page would be greatly appreciated, too! Visit the Talk4Hope tab on this site to view the book. "At first [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:20-04:00March 13th, 2012|Parenting, Survivorship|5 Comments