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Journaling for Hope
[15 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,169 views]

By Carole Palmquist
Cancer Survivor/WFW Teacher
When Julie Davey showed me the beautiful, creative handmade journals presented to her by members of the Orange County Journal Artists, I was impressed by the thought, time and talent that went into each one-of-a kind notebook. Not only were they works of art themselves, but they were also practical with pens attached and lots of paper ready to be used.
Julie knew I was already helping Pat Dudley teach Writing for Wellness classes at [ … ]

Class Reports

Writing for Wellness class news
[5 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,501 views]

This week (March 2, 2011) I made an unannounced visit to meet students in Pat Dudley’s Writing for Wellness class held at Whittier Inter-Community Presbyterian Hospital in Whittier, California.  Pat actually knew I was coming but her class did not.  The meeting room wasn’t quite ready for the class, as a previous group was just exiting.  I waited in the hallway as about 15 WFW participants stood together chatting quietly and greeting one another with smiles and hugs.  Clearly, they knew one another [ … ]

Class Reports

A Race to Life
[13 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,214 views]

    Our latest  home prompt really brought back memories:
Were you ever in a contest or competition? What prompted you to participate? What made the experience meaningful to you? 
    In 1983 I ran the Boston Marathon.
    It all started in 1977. I was 48 years old, one year shy of the age of my father when he died of a heart attack. Frightened because he and both of his sisters all died before 50 of heart problems, I started jogging, [ … ]

Class Reports, Family Matters, Healing and Feeling, Mind-Mending Journeys, Most Inspirational, Personal Experience

Not Your Normal Vacation Trip
[16 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,170 views]

    A survivor friend on a trip down south E-mailed me of meeting an elderly couple in a Maryland trailer park.  Her head was completely bandaged. Just a week earlier doctors had found a large brain tumor and cut it out. They were leaving the park to continue their tour of the US. Our friend admired the couple for their strength, courage, and determination. However, I did not; I questioned their decision.
    At the next meeting of our WFW group I asked for written [ … ]

Class Reports, Gather Yea Rosebuds

A Value Judgment
[19 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 1,194 views]

    How much is an extra 4 months of  life worth to you? Do you think it’s worth $93,000? A new treatment for Prostate Cancer costs that much. 
    That question is a Home Prompt our group is wrestling with between meetings. Each member is to assume they are advisors to a recently elected Congressman. He will be voting on a bill to allow Medicare to pay for such treatments. How should he vote? 
    Letters to the editor of The Washington [ … ]

Changing Priorities, Class Reports