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In September of 2013, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now, don’t screw up your face and look sad.  My diagnosis started me on a splendid healing journey, and I am now much better off than I was prior to my diagnosis! My diagnosis brought JOY.

As soon as I got home from the hospital, I started with a blog which, in 2016, became a book.  Here on this website is both the original blog, links to websites mentioned in the book, other resources, a link to where  you can buy on Amazon, and more – look around.

Below is the first paragraph from the first chapter to give you a taste of the book.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

In Which My World is NOT Turned Upside Down

 

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.
The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes.
To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
Cynthia Occelli

Or perhaps my world was turned upside down, but not in the way you might expect. In late September of 2013, I was told I had ovarian cancer. A few days later, a surgeon removed my ovaries, Fallopian tubes, uterus, and for good measure—my appendix. Oh, and they drained three and a half liters of fluid (ascites if you are already cancer-literate) that had been floating around in my belly. (Can you imagine carrying around that much fluid in your belly?) I spent almost a week in the hospital while they were searching for the ‘primary’ cancer. To this day I am not certain why they assumed this was secondary and there was a primary cancer lurking somewhere in my body, but at any rate they never found it. Eventually they sent a piece of me to Johns Hopkins where even the cream of the medical crop was at a loss. But the medical details of my cancer journey are really insignificant. What matters more, much more, is my journey of the mind and spirit. The body came along for the ride, and of course was the prime mover of the journey, but really I think it was only a catalyst for my transformation.