Category Archives: our life’s purpose

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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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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Choose Joy

This week I made it to the two-year mark cancer-free and healthy and achieved a major milestone: seven months off the drugs (Herceptin and Tykerb) with no recurrence. My immune system is holding its own. When I sat in my … Continue reading

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When The Eyes of the Soul Are Open

Last week I had to undergo the ordeal of having yet another follow-up bone scan and chest/pelvic CT scan. I have been cancer free and healthy since April 20th, 2010, but since my oncologist took me off all the drugs—the … Continue reading

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Won’t Bow. Don’t Know How.

In her book Eat, Pray, Love Liz Gilbert was lucky enough to meet an earthy, caring, and wise southern gentleman called Richard from Texas who alternately kicked her ass when she needed it and gave her all the love he … Continue reading

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Dare to Believe

Ultimately, our power to really live this life we are given and to rebirth ourselves after long illness depends on who we are willing to accept as our authority. Illness can be transformational, a vehicle to a more vibrant and … Continue reading

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The Change That Happens Between One Heartbeat and the Next

It’s been a long time since I’ve written in this blog because all my time has been taken up by teaching at the university, by grading hundreds of papers, by shepherding eighteen and nineteen year olds to get through one … Continue reading

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Laughing with God

I once spent a year travelling to a workshop called “Spirit Dreaming.” Every couple of months forty people met in Northern California at a place called Camp Gualala, located in the middle of a redwood forest. For five days at … Continue reading

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Work and Our Heart’s Desire

On January 1, I was rehired by UC Irvine. Since my COBRA health insurance benefits were due to run out at the end of the month, and my insurance premiums (as someone who had stage 4 cancer last year) were … Continue reading

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