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Moving Forward
[6 Mar 2017 | No Comment | 6 views]

The past is the past.
Yes, Let go of the pain now.
Forgiveness is mine.
 
Pam Smithson
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Class Reports, Forgiveness as Healing, Reaching Out, Reaching In

Are You There Yet?
[19 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 177 views]

Occasionally some of our members have greater difficulty moving beyond their life-storm into healing and acceptance. At our latest meeting I asked for comments on their journey to healing and acceptance; were they close to reaching their goal?
This was Cynthia’s response:
The healing I have been chasing and hoping for does show up in bits and pieces, then new circumstances bring back the “old” issues. This demonstrates to me that the healing I thought had occurred had not yet graduated to [ … ]

Class Reports, Getting On with Your Life, Unfinished Business

A Prompt Response
[5 Aug 2015 | No Comment | 301 views]

Mary is a survivor of three cancer operations and chemotherapy. She and and her husband had booked a trip to South Africa for next winter, but were considering backing out before it was too late.  The trip would be expensive, strenuous and scary, especially in light of mandated six month CT scans and a problematic mammogram.
Then Mary received the Home Prompt for our next meeting. It asked members to read an excerpt from Judy Rohm’s poem, “A Lesson”,  then comment on it.

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Changing Priorities, Choosing Happiness, Class Reports, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience

The Pain of Adoption
[4 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 614 views]

There are so many sources of pain, so many reasons that justify the need for our Writing for Wellness program. Here’s Dana’s story:
I was adopted at five days old. When I was three, my mother read me a book that told me I was special. Being adopted meant that I was chosen, and this was better. I would walk around telling everyone I was adopted because I believed it was this wonderful thing.
When I turned twelve, I realized that being [ … ]

Family Matters, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience, Private Anguish, Your Story/Your Legacy

SHORTSIGHTED
[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,895 views]

Ten years ago I was being treated for Prostate Cancer. I had external radiation therapy for five weeks, followed by a radioactive seed implant operation. My anger at one of my physicians led to my blowing off steam with the following poem:
Compassion 101
Do Doctors take Compassion 101?
Are they taught how to treat us with kindness?
Can Considerate Cancer Care be instilled from without?
Compassion must come from somewhere, but where?
If Doctors do take Compassion 101
Do they get marks from the teacher?
Are there [ … ]

Class Reports, Compassionate Outcomes, Expelling Anger, Personal Experience