Talk For Hope: Given a Second Chance

A story not silenced. A story can change worlds. Mr Gillard shares his story, inspiring us with how to turn adversity into opportunity. "In my heart of hearts, I wanted to do the right thing, but selling drugs was easy. Everyone was doing it. I mean, I'm not using that as an excuse, I made [...]

Suicide Prompts Poem

A friend recently walked in memory of a young woman who took her life. I saw this poem and slightly adapted it to remove the religious tone.  Those who fight  suicidal thoughts may find some comfort in this poem:     A Higher SelfIn this moment I choose to recognize that there is within me a perfect Self.A [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:15-04:00July 7th, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Survivorship|0 Comments

Talk for Hope: Vietnam Wounded Warrior Inspires with his Attitude

A story not silenced. A silver-haired man in a white t-shirt and jeans was going through Atlanta airport’s TSA in a wheelchair. He had no legs and only one arm. I thought to myself, how does he get into the airplane seat? How does he get over the thin ramp into the plane with the wheelchair? [...]

Sudden Death – What to Say?

My friend's husband retired just one year ago.They took a bucket-list trip to Israel. Mostly, they were planning for the next stage of their lives, hoping to be grandparents and moving to be near their children. Then, the unexpected happened. While pushing the snowblower up their steep driveway, her husband had a massive heart attack [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:17-04:00February 8th, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Survivorship|0 Comments

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. [...]

Barry The Dancing Cancer Survivor

"Are you an oral cancer survivor?” I asked the man sitting next to me in a first class seat from Detroit to Seattle. He clearly had an indentation in his neck in addition to scarring. He answered, "Close, but no, I had Lymphoma". He teaches Dance Dynamics around the world. What’s that? Understanding where movement [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:17-04:00November 21st, 2013|Survivorship|0 Comments

Surviving Loss

A heart to heart with Joann Joann needs to hear stories of survival and overcoming adversity as she continues to heal from her losses.  She is the manager of the Comprehensive Care Clinic at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, but to the students, she is the go-to person for emotional distress [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:18-04:00October 12th, 2012|Making Life Meaningful, Survivorship|0 Comments