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What Linda Started!
[2 Sep 2011 | No Comment | 2,220 views]

What Linda Started!
by Julie Davey, her friend and sister survivor.
I am privileged to be here today at the City of Hope with Linda’s family, friends and co-workers as well as the doctors we shared–Dr. James Andersen, our surgeon, and Dr. Lucille Leong, our oncologist, both of whom will pay tribute to Linda as well. She is gone but not fogotten.
Linda lives on in so many ways, in so many hearts. I am honored to tell you about one aspect of [ … ]

Class Reports, Featured

Compassionate Outcomes
[19 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,948 views]

As part of one lesson, I ask students to think about a family incident or story that has been on their minds. Some of their stories deal with conflicts that came with the trials and frustrations of cancer diagnosis and treatment. I often tell about the son of one of my closest friends who said he felt it was “too depressing” to visit his father in the hospital where he was battling cancer. When the father recovered, their relationship had [ … ]

Compassionate Outcomes, Family Matters, Featured

Getting On with Your Life
[19 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,985 views]

Janet looks at her second bout of cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and her stem cell transplant as her second chance at life. It has been nine years and she still considers it a gift.
What one person might view as a blessing, someone else might see as a curse. What they both might agree on, though, are the words, “It is better to give than to receive.” The irony is, of course, you receive far more in return by giving.
Gifts can be [ … ]

Featured, Getting On with Your Life, Gifts and Blessings

Reaching Out, Reaching In
[19 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,627 views]

Two simple words — thank you — are often the most difficult to say. When someone compliments an item of our clothing, it is rare for us to just say, “Thank you.”
Much more common is, “Oh, this old thing?” or “I got it on sale.”
We sometimes have to practice saying, “Thank you!” Period.
A friend and I have a running joke about this and when one of us does something nice for the other and the recipient starts to say, “Oh, [ … ]

Featured, Reaching Out, Reaching In, Thank You

Getting Started
[19 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,169 views]

Since 2001, I have been teaching writing to cancer patients, their family members, doctors, nurses, caregivers, and others who may have suffered tragic events in their lives.
Writing for Wellness classes are held at the City of Hope National Cancer Center in Duarte, California, the site Lance Armstrong, one of the world’s most famous cancer survivors, chose to start his 2004 cross-country bicycle tour for cancer awareness.
My experience began a few days following 9/11 when I was walking on the City [ … ]

Class in Session, Featured, Getting Started