Monday, October 21, 2013

Cancer Awareness Month

Today I am sharing about Writers Unite to Fight Cancer warriors who choose to battle cancer with the pen and through other positive forces.

Marilyn Hartness is a survivor of the rare cancer Non-Hodgkin’s Mantle-cell Lymphoma. She is  the author of inspirational memoir Brave the Day: An Account of Surviving Cancer. Marilyn donates half the profits from her book sales to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for research. At the end of her book, Marilyn shares recipes of her favorite dishes that she ate while going through chemotherapy and radiation and continues to eat today. She has given permission to publish them in the WUFC cookbook: Cauldron of Love. Marilyn also participates in fundraising marathons.

Dr. Lise Alschuler is the co-author of Five To Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan, with Karolyn Gazella, medical journalist.  Their newest book: The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer: A Five-Step Integrative Plan to Reduce the Risk of Recurrence and Build Lifelong Health focusses on cancer prevention for cancer survivor who have increased risk for reoccurrence and secondary cancers due to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Lise Alschuler is a naturopathic oncologist who is a breast cancer survivor, or as she coins it, thriver.  Karolyn Gazella was living her dream until cancer paid a heart-breaking visit. Her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, their mother died of advanced pancreatic cancer, and Karolyn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Holly Rose is the founder of Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! She discovered she had breast cancer at the age of 39 after being reminded on Facebook to perform a self-breast exam. Holly Rose has chosen to share her inspirational journey through breast cancer and so much more in her book, “Live and Give: Facebooking My Way Through Breast Cancer.”   She is an active breast cancer prevention advocate with Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump! events, which include Wig Out to provide breast cancer patients with free wigs and an annual Flash Mob.

Dr. Cay Randall-May is and artist author of several books and CD’s including: Healing and the Creative Response, Four Key Steps Shared by Artists and Healers”  This book demystifies natural and spiritual healing and cites specific examples drawn from various modalities including prayer, laying-on-of-hands, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, and Energy Medicine.  The author explains that these share four Key Steps: 1. set intention; 2. relax and clear; 3. engage and blend; 4. attune to the highest, unconditional love. Dr. Cay Randall-May is a cancer survivor. 

Kim Adair is a colo-rectal cancer survivor. During the follow-up, her surgeon asked if she'd heard Katie Couric was coming to town. She decided to go and meet her as she had lost her husband to colon cancer. At the fundraiser lunch for Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Kim filled out an "ask Katie a question" card: "Why are more and more women getting colon cancer and what can we do about it?" Katie answered: "Get the word out about early detection." Kim proceeded to found and has been an activist for colon cancer prevention ever since.

Lisa Finder, author of Black Sand, is the CEO of 4Best Life, a pharmanaturals company. She founded the White Lions Foundation in 2010 as a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in alternative cancer therapies.  Lisa is one of the Writers Unite to Fight Cancer original eight authors and supports us by extending non-profit status through White Lions.  

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