'I have come to believe that cancer is the physical metaphor for the extreme need to grow' -- Lewis Thomas, M.D., former director of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital
'Until we have brushed up against our own mortality, life seems boundless. Cancer sometimes cures us of this strange nearsightedness, this dance of hesitations. By exposing life's brevity, a diagnosis of cancer can restore life's true flavor.' David Servan-Shreiber, author of Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life

For me, this awareness has led to a kind of liberation. Life has taken on an intensity, and depth of feeling--even colors have become more vivid. I think the difference is in the attention I now bring to small moments that I may have missed in my previous life, while I was busy focused on what I thought was more important. That my ability for compassion has expanded, allowing me to connect with people in a way that might not have happened before.

Life as it was is no longer possible. I've been transformed by this journey and am being called to a new Self, to a new Life. Now I ask, 'How can I make a difference in this world?'

I believe this is my salvation, that this is my healing path. I now take full responsibility for my happiness and health. I hold my toes to the fire when life gets rough. Meditation helps me regulate my inner world. Meditation helps me be less reactive to my outer world. Meditation brings me back to this present moment.

I'm now able to share my journey and meditation techniques to help others expand their lives and inner healing abilities. I can't imagine anything better.