ThriveWell Cancer Foundation
June 25, 2010
In 2007 I had been out of medical school for 24 years. At 46 I was always on the go working three jobs a) as a physician/nephrologist taking care of sick patients who needed dialysis b) as a research scientist doing research, writing grants, publishing papers c) Being a Mom to my 10 year old son. In Sept 2007 LIFE came knocking at my door. Taking care of dying sick patients my entire career I was faced with my own mortality. My story is no different from any other Breast Cancer Survivor but I had the added knowledge of knowing all the things that do go wrong with medical care or the precise statistics of recurrence or the minimal improvement in survival after extensive life threatening chemotherapy regimens. Once the treatment was over it was the constant wait i.e. cancer coming back. I remembered Dr Abraham Verghese (author of The Tennis Partner) saying that every year 200 young doctors are needed to replace the ones who take their own lives. I did not want to become a statistic. During this period I started taking classes at the DIVA program.
Joining the DIVA program two years ago initiated a spiritual journey that was unparallel to any past experience. It was not just the physical exercise but the mental transformation that has nurtured my soul. The friendship of my fellow DIVA’s, their constant encouragement, their support has made me stronger, calmer and a more beautiful person. I make it to at least one if not two classes a day. After spending an hour with Blanca and Connie doing Yoga I feel as if I have just come back from a long vacation. Doing Tai Chi with Fred has changed the way I perceive things around me. Recently a few of us have started walking the PATH 4-5 times a week at the corner of Babcock and Hamilton Wolff.
The Path we walk has become a symbol for life. Maria would exclaim that these beautiful flowers are soon going to die in the summer heat. Don’t you see the beauty of being born…each one of them comes into being, flourishes and dies. Just like every one of us, just like life. We encounter the colorful butterflies feasting on the flowers, a baby bunny scampers across the path; a deer watches us from the woods in the early morning light. We see a group of young teenagers laughing and Maria points out that they are unaware of the snake that just slithered by, unaware what life will bring. As we walk we talk and somehow we begin to understand more about ourselves and the world around us. Maria calls it the healing path.
If it wasn’t for the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation I would not be here telling you about my wonderful journey and my strongest support and nomination for funding
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
It was not just the physical exercise but the mental transformation that has nurtured my soul since I joined this program
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & Join the DIVA program.