Writing Class for Cancer Thrivers (patients and survivors) starts January 8th

I will be teaching a FREE writing class through the St. Peter’s Hospital cancer care program for cancer patients and survivors –I refer to all of us as “thrivers.” No matter if you’re experiencing chemotherapy or radiation, anticipating or recovering from surgery, or have all the treatments behind you, the fact that you are going or have gone through treatment means you’ve got the gumption to not only survive but thrive. We go through these brutal treatments not just to get on the other side of cancer but to arrive there AND ┬álive with new meaning, love with more openness, and relish the experiences we are afforded by surviving. (On the other hand, the term “survivor” alone does conjure up an image of being tossed onto a beach after being washed ashore from a shipwreck. In that sense, I am a “survivor” of the capsized side effects of cancer treatment, the chemo that spits one up after beating down the cancer cells!)

No matter how you describe yourself, I invite you to attend a three-week writing class at St. Peter’s Hospital cancer care program. Writing has always been a way for me to sort through my thoughts and feelings and make some sense of where I’ve been and where I’m going. It’s helped me see the story that is my life. This is important for my own health but also for those whom I share it with, just as other people’s stories impact my life.

Having the “cancer experience” can be a great motivator to get our stories written down or recorded in some way. This class will help you get started!

EVERYONE HAS A STORY: CAPTURING YOUR LEGACY ON PAPER
January 8, 15, and 22, 2013
5:30 to 7:00 PM
St. Peter’s Hospital Cancer Resource Center
This 3-week class will help spark your creativity, build confidence in your ability to write, and wake up the story inside you. Absolutely no experience necessary. Writing journal and related book will be provided.
To register, please call Kari Palmer, Breast Program Nurse Navigator, at 406-495-6780.

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