Author Archives: Joy Parker

About Joy Parker

As a three-time cancer survivor and storyteller, I felt compelled to create this blog because I felt the need to connect with an audience and immediately share what I am learning as I am learning it. The material in this blog is serving as the basis for two books that I am writing. The first book talks about how illness is a vehicle that takes us into the unknown land, teaches us things we couldn’t otherwise learn, and then gives us the opportunity to bring them back to our community. It offers a compass and creates a map of the unknown land so that others might find their path more easily. Most important, it shares what I have learned about waking up and being truly alive in this magnificent world. That might sound simple enough, but the actual experience is devastatingly beautiful and powerful. The second project is a book with medicine cards discussing many of the lessons I’ve learned from my experiences with healing and as a healer, the indigenous world, and walking a spiritual path. Most important, it is the story of the development of my own personal mythology. People tend to think of myths as massive stories and beliefs that develop in a culture over hundreds or thousands of years. We now live in a time of crisis and we don’t have a hundred years. The time for healing and transformation is now, and we are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Gift of Suffering

I have not written in this blog for many months but now I am committing myself to write every day if possible. I usually hate it when bloggers make that announcement, but here are my reasons. In mid-December I began … Continue reading

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We Are All Heroes

Most of us who are battling and recovering from cancer have never thought of ourselves as being heroes for our friends and family. However, I have often been amazed over the years to realize that my courage has inspired others. … Continue reading

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My Story – How I Beat Cancer

In this blog and the ones following it, I would like to share my story—what I’ve learned about how to beat cancer—most important, how to make cancer your ally rather than your enemy. Ten plus years ago I was diagnosed … Continue reading

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The Life of Pi

Warning: There are a few spoilers in this blog, but I don’t think anything I could say could possibly take away from the experience of actually seeing this film. A couple of days ago I saw Ang Lee’s Life of … Continue reading

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Soaring through Life on the Wings of the Eagle

I am astonished that it has been over six months since I wrote my last blog. I imagine people finding my blog on WordPress, reading about my battle to overcome cancer, and saying, “What happened to her? Is she still … Continue reading

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Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty

When you have faced a health challenge where you could have lost your life, everything shifts into a whole different perspective. Even two years down the road in perfect health, I make it a spiritual practice to ask myself certain … Continue reading

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5-8-12 Much Joy Today in the Minnesota Eagle Nest

Note: If you wish to read about Harmon’s amazing rescue and return to the nest from the very beginning, either click on the month of “May” in my archives to see all posts, or click here to go to my … Continue reading

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5-7-12 Mom and Dad Return to Nest – Harmon’s Family Reunited

At 7:00 p.m. Minnesota time, after a day of being alone in the nest, baby eaglet Harmon was finally joined by his parents. First, Dad arrived, sat on the edge of the nest for a couple of minutes, then began … Continue reading

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5-7-12 Minnesota Bound Blog – Questions and Concerns about Harmon the Eaglet’s Future

11:44 a.m. Pacific Time Here is the latest blog from the Minnesota Bound website. The link is here for those who would like to read earlier blogs on the site, but I reblogged it in its entirety here. The most … Continue reading

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5-7-12 Monday Morning Update: Will Harmon’s Parents Return?

Harmon the Eagle, Monday morning, 10:08 Pacific Time The eagle parents have still not returned to the nest, but the Raptor Center will continue to closely monitor the nest. Here is a link to their latest update blog and the … Continue reading

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