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Turning Points — July 2014
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A Note from Jan — by Jan Adrian, MSW

Dear Friends,

Our sympathy goes to Lynne Singer, president of the Healing Journeys board, and her husband, Jerry. They just lost their daughter, Karen, to cancer. Sunrise, the powerful Healing Poem (below the News section) was written and performed at Karen's celebration of life service by her sister, Wendy.

For a moment, allow yourself to imagine that you deeply believe that within you there is a power that can heal and inspire and create the future that you most desire.

Those words are an excerpt from one of the four guided imageries that Emmett Miller, MD, together with musicians Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith, recently recorded for Healing Journeys. These words are from the third track, Empowering Your Inner Healer, on the forthcoming CD. When I listen to these words, I feel more hopeful, peaceful, and empowered. Incorporating this into my treatment is truly integrative medicine.

I've been listening to guided imagery tapes and CDs by Emmett Miller for about 35 years. I've loved Susan and Dallas's music for about 20 years. I am thrilled that they have created something together for the first time. And I'm deeply touched that this is their gift to Healing Journeys, in celebration of our 20th anniversary.

They will be speaking and performing at our free 20th Anniversary Celebration of Thriving on September 5th, and doing a cameo appearance at the free Cancer as a Turning Point, From Surviving to Thriving™ conference on September 6th. Whether or not you have past experience with using guided imagery, I think you will enjoy and benefit from the experience. I encourage you to be there if you can.

For those that can't attend, we will have the CD available on our website after the conference, with all sales benefiting Healing Journeys. Thank you, Susan, Dallas, and Emmett!

In the Spirit of Healing,

Jan Adrian's signature
Jan Adrian, MSW
Founder and Executive Director


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  • If you're thinking of coming to our Transformation from Within retreat, with Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, November 22 — 24, at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch, in Sonoma, CA, we encourage you to register now, because space is limited. A deposit of $200 will secure your spot, with the balance due by October 15th. The early-bird discount ends on September 15th. Get more information here and register here.
  • We'd like to let you know about this video with Kris Carr talking with Dr. Kelly Turner, author of Radical Remission, about 3 principles for radical remission (and prevention!). Discover in this interview how diet, herbs and supplements, spiritual practice, and cancer remission are linked. View it here.

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Healing Poem

Karen & Wendy Note:  Wendy Organ lives in Woodinville, Washington, with her husband, 2 children and a golden retriever.

She teaches French at a local high school and is a 6-year survivor of a non-malignant brain tumor. She has found poetry a satisfying method of processing life's issues.

                Karen & Wendy

My older sister, Karen, was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer at age 45. An avid mountain biker and camper, devoted mother to her daughters, Trinity and McKenzie, Karen walked her cancer road with quiet grace and humbled stoicism. Her diagnosis, illness, and passing have changed the shape of our family, and we are a stronger unit because of her: we are closer to her husband than we were before; we are more
in-tune of each other's needs; we are more forgiving of the little things that once seemed huge. This is my tribute to her remarkable legacy of loving dedication to her family and a shout-out to the extraordinary woman she was.    ~ Wendy

by Wendy Organ

The sun blinks the day awake.
Birds begin their morning song
and we are still here in a state of wanting you.
We wear our loneliness as a warm coat on a crisp November morn,
wrapping ourselves in its folds,
protecting us from the onslaught of the non-mourners
who pity us and keep their distance
afraid of catching our sorrow.
Some days I am afraid I'll never escape this need of cocooning.
Some days I question my being,
for I have never existed without you, Sister. Never.

                                                         . . . Read Full Poem

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