Diana’s Fresh Chapter: Finding connections, healing and gratitude

Diana’s Fresh Chapter: Finding connections, healing and gratitude

Tweet Diana Martinez’s cancer diagnosis came at a time when she was already in the midst of sadness and turmoil: She had been laid off from work a few months earlier, and she had suffered a devastating loss when her younger sister died.  “It was like one thing right after another, and it was right before Christmas when I was diagnosed,” Diana said. It was Dec. 22, 2012. “It’s so scary,” Diana said. “The doctor says, ‘You have cancer,’ and it...

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Overcoming Survivor Guilt – A Fresh Chapter For Chris

Overcoming Survivor Guilt – A Fresh Chapter For Chris

Tweet Chris Chow was already bracing himself for bad news when he learned that he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010. He’d been experiencing a persistent and progressively intense low-back pain, and after seeing his family doctor for x-rays and blood tests early one morning, it was clear there was something wrong. “I went to work about 9 o’clock, and got a call right away on my cell phone,” Chris said. “My family doctor said, ‘I need you to go...

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Let’s Be The Change. Not Just Talk About It.

Let’s Be The Change. Not Just Talk About It.

Tweet “What is your name?” I ask. She has watched me greet and shake hands with the boys in her class but now that I’ve crossed the muddy courtyard to her, she doesn’t lift her eyes to mine. “Violet,” her voice is barely more than a whisper. We stand on the uneven cement of the tiny classroom as she looks beyond me to the potholed road outside. “It’s really nice to meet you.” I say. She...

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Why JOY Matters & How To Get It Back When You’ve Hit A Wall…

Why JOY Matters & How To Get It Back When You’ve Hit A Wall…

Tweet When is the last time your life felt carefree? Perhaps back in your childhood when no one needed anything from you and you could sleep late, dance to your favourite Michael Jackson song, or ride your bike until you were breathless? When a good day meant fun instead of productivity? The other day I face planted into a brick wall – metaphorically speaking that is – and remembered how exhausting dream chasing can be. I had hoped...

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Walking The Walk Is A Helluva Lot Harder Than Talking The Talk…

Walking The Walk Is A Helluva Lot Harder Than Talking The Talk…

Tweet Where do you go when one big hairy audacious dream ends and you have to choose between setting your sights on the next giant mountain or retreating into the land of safety and security? In April this year – after 18 months of different cities, faces, beds, and timezones – I rolled my suitcase through the door of my childhood bedroom and sealed the world out. In spite of the success of #Delhi2013, I felt unsure of exactly how...

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