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Newsletter Contributors Sarah M. Collins George Dominguez Maria Lupo Kathy Lynch Martine Meursing Ann Freeman Price Donna Price Carole Reifsnyder Jean Marie Rosone Gail Tyrrell Vilasi Venkatachalam David L. Weatherford

Inside This Issue: A New Dawn............................................................. 4 The Dawn in Breast Cancer.................................... 5 Guided Imagery....................................................... 6 Life Moments........................................................... 8 My Cancer Journey................................................. 10 Healing Traditions of Our Ancestors.................... 12 Nights of Their Soul................................................ 14 As We Journey Through Life................................. 16 Eurythmy................................................................. 17 Our Vigil and Memory Of....................................... 19 The Art of Maria Lupo............................................ 20 Community Corner (Poetry and Verse)....................... 21

Gregg Taylor (Editor)

MARCI Classifieds................................................. 23



Springtime is a time of new beginnings... Sometimes those “New” beginnings come in ways that we would never expect----like being told your test results came back malignant. “You have cancer.” This is a chapter in our lives we hope we never have to face. All of us have known someone who has faced this disease or perhaps it has even been you. Last year, my husband went through radiation therapy. His day-to-day was interrupted by his journey to Morristown Memorial Hospital’s Carol Simon Center. As he got into the third week of therapy, the effects of these toxic treatments started to play havoc and show their ugly self. His summer was consumed by the interruption of his day and the side effects that followed. He became less a participant of life outside the treatments and his summer became a dream that seemed so surreal. Like my husband, my friend Ann Freeman Price has eloquently captured and described this journey in her newly published book, The Trilogy of Cancer: The Jolt, the Journey, the Joy. After reading the before, during and after of her own sequence of experiences (which are written in poem, script, and song), I was left with the realization that cancer and other illnesses that take away any aspect of time in our lives, is like waking up to a “New Dawn”.


by LINDA MITCHELL-DOMINGUEZ Founder, HMN In honor of our spring edition, I would like to dedicate this issue to both George Dominguez and Ann Freeman Price for leaving me with a greater awareness of the strength and courage that is bestowed upon anyone going through this personal experience. These people are truly our heroes. It is with heartfelt appreciation that I would like to thank and honor all those who have contributed and shared their stories of cancer and an alternative way of treatment. You have opened my eyes even wider to know that, in the alternative realm of things, we do make a difference.

Regarding Dave... Dave Johnson is a former student of mine from the Hospital Based Program I taught at UMDNJ in Newark, NJ. Dave was a very special student and practitioner, who sought to make a difference. He was faced with his own demons of perfection when he saw there are some things you may not be able to heal. What he found though, was how he could transcend his work and his practice. Here is a quote from Dave; his final testament he left me with: “Life goes on and nothing stays the same. I was discouraged at first. I call myself a healer. I was used to working with the seriously or terminally ill. I struggled with my perfectionism and surrendered to it. I came to the conclusion, after some intense thought, that comforting is healing. Now I look forward to working with cancer patients in my own practice. Something that I didn’t know I had was uncovered. I have discoveredthe power to re-invent myself, and be of greater service to others.”


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It is a joy and pleasure to be in the alternative field that gives so beautifully to make a difference in the lives of the very ill and frail. It is my hope that each day, you remember how much you make a difference in the world and in the lives you touch -----from the very young to the very wise. One final note…as our magazine MARCI, continues to expand; it is with great appreciation that Maria Lupo has opened up another area of expression to the alternative field, that of “Art Therapy”.

Believe in Miracles! -----LMD

I was held in prayer by any number of churches and groups across the country. I marshaled the love and energy of friends near and far by asking for contributions to my chemo notebook and, once in the chair receiving chemo, I opened and read them, receiving the concern, prayers, presence, and love sent with the written offerings. I did Native American scrubbly bubbles several times a week throughout. I was surrounded by four children and fifteen grandchildren, who inundated me with love and their own particular gifts. Some made visits. Some made daily phone calls.


I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few days before Christmas in 2003. Early in 2004 I had a lumpectomy, and a month later, had intra-radiation surgery (one time radiation). From March through June, I had chemotherapy treatments twice a month. But, in many ways, that was just the beginning of my treatment.

massage, and felt that it reestablished movement within what was disrupted by the chemo drugs.

Early in the chemo time, I decided to treat myself to a weekly

Every day is a new dawn for me. Some baked oatmeal cookies (my personal favorite, if enough nuts are included). Some had me living in their midst----as they cooked for me and heard my periodic groans. Two years following all the treatments, I started drumming daily to gather good vibrations to travel throughout my body. It doesn’t really matter to me what created the healing-----the medical model, or the wide variety of alternative disciplines. What matters to me is that I am today free of cancer and in better health than I was when I was first diagnosed.

I had a healing service at the United Methodist Church in Sparta, NJ where they presented me with an afghan created with love. I continued to sing in church choir----and wrote one of my favorite songs during that period of time. And I wrote a book entitled, Trilogy of Cancer: The Jolt, the Journey, the Joy. It contains three things: poems, cancerrelated words set to folk tunes, so anyone can sing them, and how-to’s ----short explanations of some of the extra things I did. Overall, it contains my philosophy of life with cancer and life after cancer. I would like to thank Linda Mitchell-Dominguez for allowing me to share excerpts from my book, which I hope you find inspirational, in the “Community Corner” section of this very special Spring Edition of MARCI.


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“THE DAWN IN BREAST CANCER” continued How to Play the Drum (taken from my book:) I am no master drummer. I can only give a “how to” on this one, based on my own experience. I am a music therapist and, in my training at New York University, I was in a music therapy group at the same time that my mother died. I remember going to group several days after her death and at some point sitting myself behind the big drum. As I drummed, I felt it pulling some of the scattered pieces of my self back together. I experienced the vibration working within my body, permeating the feelings, leading the cells, pounding into my breath. I didn’t actually start using the drum in the midst of cancer. I started it two years after chemo. I play five minutes a day and plan to play at least that much every day for the rest of my life. If I were to have cancer again, I would just keep playing the drum. I beat a rhythm, I breathe deeply, I feel my hands against the skin of the drum. I speak to it---sometimes chant, sometimes just sing tones---and the drum speaks back. One of the pieces of the new dawn for me is better health. I went into cancer weighing onehundred and ninety-two pounds.

Following cancer, I weighed one-hundred and seventy-five pounds. I have since entered into an eating program that is healthier for me, along with an exercise program that energizes me. And I now weigh onehundred and fifty-six pounds. I exercise thirty-to-forty minutes each day. Every day I watch what I eat...every day I drum and I breathe. I continue to sing, and to write-----to keep the creative edge that is a part of my particular whole person healthy. This June I will be seventy-five years-old, and I still have goals

and visions set for the next ten years and beyond! -----I have things to see, places to go, crafts to do with grandchildren, games to play, and a dance or two still left in these newlyenergized bones. It is a new dawn and I’m glad to greet it. -----AFP

Ann Freeman Price is a writer, a music therapist, a speaker, and workshop leader. She worked with the elderly for 15 years, and pastored churches (American Baptist and United Methodist) for eight years. She encourages coloring outside the lines. You can contact her through her website, where you can order her book...

GUIDED IMAGERY by CAROLE REIFSNYDER Guided Imagery is a therapeutic process that works with the power of the imagination to positively affect mental attitude, visualize desired results and activate innate healing within the body. Research supports that Guided Imagery has been proven effective for stress reduction. Guided Imagery induces the relaxation response in the body, which is a return to a state of calm where the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate return to baseline. This was discovered in the 1970’s by Herbert Benson, M.D. of Harvard University. Guided Imagery promotes a deeply relaxed and focused state of awareness, and con-

nects you to your body’s inner wisdom. It reduces anxiety, stress, and pain. It assists one to reconnect to their inner state of calm. In a typical, individual session, the practitioner discusses the process of imagery and your area of concern. Generally, Guided Imagery is done while relaxing on a comfortable massage table, while listening to soft music. The practitioner will guide you to a relaxed state of mind and body through breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Once relaxed, you will be invited to imagine a special place that you find safe and peaceful.


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Here are some comments from one of the participants, Terri Mooney:

The practitioner will guide you as you experience this safe, peace“The opportunity to check in on a ful place with all of your senses weekly basis with fellow cancer leading you to a deeply relaxed survivors is a wonderful support state. for me. During the first part of the hour, Carole gets a feel for In sessions focused on underwhat's been going on during the standing life or health challengpast week and then gears the es, you will be guided by the meditation to the particular practitioner to help you gain inneeds of the group for that day. sight into your own individual needs and to create healing visualizations. Integrative Guided Imagery takes the therapeutic process to an even deeper level by eliciting and working with one’s own images for relaxation and healing. I am certified in Integrative Imagery and have used this technique in my practice for the past four years at The Atlantic Mind Body Center. I work with clients individually using imagery to help them to reduce stress and anxiety, visualize their goals, and to create healing images. I also facilitate a guided imagery support group at Overlook Hospital Cancer Center. The participants are patients who are in active treatment for cancer or those who have completed treatment. The group meets weekly and has a regular base of seven patients, and others have joined in as they are able.

...Guided Imagery has been an extraordinarily effective tool for me in dealing with cancer. For the thirty minutes of meditation, I can go anywhere, do anything (a phrase used by Valerie Spangenberg, a former facilitator of the group, who used that wording at the beginning of any meditation). In my mind's eye, I have traveled to the most beautiful beaches, sailed on boats, watched ocean waves, walked through woods as the snow falls, stood at the top of mountains and always

-----always ended

up in a most peaceful state of mind.... When I was on chemo, Carole helped me with an individualized meditation, in which I visualized the chemo as an ally in attacking cancer cells. The chemo worked, and I believe the side effects would have been more of a problem without Guided Imagery. Also, I have learned to visualize positive outcomes while waiting for results of MRI’s and PET scans.... I always feel restored after Guided Imagery and am very, very grateful for Carole, the group, and to Atlantic Health for opening these sessions to the community.” Imagery can be done by oneself, or may be guided by a practitioner trained in this technique. Training is offered by The Academy of Guided Imagery and Beyond Ordinary Nursing- Certificate Program in Integrative Imagery among others. -----CR

Carole Reifsnyder, RN, HN-BC, A.C.H. is a Member of HMN, Board Certified Holistic Nurse and Integrative Imagery Practitioner and faculty member of the Certificate Program in Integrative Guided Imagery Atlantic Mind Body Center




We each have moments in our lives, when our life changes. As a family, we have had several of these moments. Perhaps our whole lives are really made up of these moments, but we only recognize the really significant ones. My mother and I had had one of these moments in 2001 when she traveled with my husband and me to adopt our son, Jackson. A child is a moment. But, the real moment occurred when he died before we came home. The death impacted all of our lives in so many ways, everything changed forever. Our second child came home in the spring of 2002 and she became another incredible moment of life changing impact. Then, in 2003, my mother’s breast cancer became another one of those moments, where life stopped for a minute, and all of our lives and relationships changed. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas of 2003. At the time, she was living with my partner Ken and I, and our daughter SadieGrace. She was Sadie’s caregiver, while I

worked. Cancer meant we each had to figure out new plans; new ways of caring for each other and getting everything done that had to be done. I had resigned from my full time job earlier in the year, and was trying to start my own consulting and coaching business, so in some ways, we were able to shift and adjust more easily as we didn’t have that full time job getting in our way. In looking at the moments we each have in our lives, it’s largely about what we do with those moments. Cancer terrified each of us. But, at the same time, we experienced moments of magic. Can there be magic in the midst of cancer? We saw magic. My mother went for her tests and exams, and quickly surgery was scheduled. In January, my sister Debra and I went with her to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan. Prior to her surgery, we found a wonderful book about surgery: Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster. Part of the work she did through this book was to prepare statements for the surgeon to say during her surgery, and at the end of her surgery. She had also made a cassette tape to listen to during surgery. The doctors respected her wishes, turning the tape over in the middle of surgery and saying her pos-

itive affirmations as requested. Mom had done her music therapy internship at Sloan Kettering, and her music therapist was still there. Lucanne came and sang with Mom before the surgery and was even there in recovery following the surgery. We knew Mom was okay when, after surgery, she was singing with Lucanne within moments of waking up...“One Day at a time, sweet Jesus” -----the two of them in harmony. Magic. It snowed that day. We didn’t expect to have her stay. But they wanted to keep her overnight and, in all reality, there was heavy snow and we couldn’t go. New York City is beautiful in the fresh snow. As a camp director, one of the things we taught was to be prepared. But we weren’t prepared. As a caregiver, you have to always be prepared for the plan to change. Suddenly, we were in Manhattan with no place to sleep, and children at home. We didn’t know you could order sleeping chairs-----


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Mom’s second surgery was intensive, experimental radiation. She did more preparation with the organization from the Prepare for Surgery book. In her work, she visualized herself wrapped in a yellow blanket of love. Yellow became a symbol for us. She also organized a healing circle at her church. There were probably forty people sitting in that circle: friends, family, twelve grandchildren, all of her children and their spouses, clergy and many people from her church. They gave her a prayer blanket and we gave her a beautiful, soft yellow blanket.

your body during chemo, the doctors knew nothing. At her first chemo treatment, as the nurse was injecting the poison of chemo into my mother, the nurse’s comments was: “...western medicine is about science and eastern medicine is about healing.” I was in shock; I couldn’t believe that someone would actually say something so stupid. I wanted to grab her, shake her, and scream, “We are here for healing!” Moments later, they brought Mom lunch—serving her diet soda. Well, from my perspective as an organic foods vegetarian type, that was delivering a canned carcinogen to a person undergoing treatment

role became that of phoning and chatting with Mom, and supporting her in that way. Eventually, Mom decided that Debra was the best person for appointments-----she didn’t have all the alternative treatment questions for the doctors and didn’t get mad when they said things like, “No, I don’t want you to take any vitamins or supplements...just eat God’s food.” I wondered where you buy God’s food. I became the day to day, taking care of drains, dressings or whatever she needed. While SadieGrace, at two, was in charge of creating moments of magic

“...I don’t want you to take vitamins...just eat God’s food.” When we walked into the hospital that day at 7:00 a.m., the waiting room was filled with yellow flowers, roses, daffodils-----more magic. To us, it signified the power of the love that she was wrapped in and the love we had created for her as a family during her healing circle. One of the significant lessons for me, was that, in this moment of cancer, there was respect. I personally question our medical system and its lack of wholeness and focus on healing. I had to respect the choices that my mother made for her course of treatment, even if they were different than what I might choose. Part of my frustration as a caregiver was the medical establishment. When I asked about alternatives, or nutritional or supplements or taking good care of

for cancer. It didn’t make any sense to me. As a family, we each ended up with different roles, and everyone participated in the logistics of cancer treatment. For me, I had a two-year-old and, when I took mom to a treatment or an appointment, it meant that either my sister or sister-in-law would have to arrange for someone to put her kids on the school bus so that she could drive the ninety minutes here to be with SadieGrace. Another sister would be called on, to take her children off the bus and watch them until she was able to be home. Logistics felt like a chain reaction; every appointment affected several families. My youngest sister Dara had, at the time, two toddlers and was also pregnant and so her

for Grandma to smile about; sitting with Grandma on her bed, asking her if she felt better...just being adorable. Through care giving, our relationship grew and changed... and continues to grow and change. Cancer and healing became the motivator for Mom to move back into her own house. Once her treatments had ended, and she was declared cancer free, she moved into a condo. It also became the motivation to get some valuable pieces of work out of storage and move them forward. She and I have enriched our relationship with even a professional one now, too. As her coach, she is my favorite client, not only because she’s my mother, but for the incredible things she is doing. She’s a coach’s star!


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It’s amazing to see her bring all her creativity together in books and songs. Over the last two years, she has published her own book, and has several others in the process of being published. Sometimes, she has more ideas than we can

I would never

handle. In looking at the significant moments of life, it’s all about what you do with those moments-----how you live them, react to them...and grow from them. I don’t believe that they happen in order to teach us, but I do believe that we can choose how we respond to them, and the response can

create powerful relationships, and can contain great learning, magic, and a greater connection to whatever you call your source, or God. It’s about treasuring these moments and finding the love and grace in them. -----DP

Donna Price, Board Member of HMN, President of Compass Rose Consulting, LLC, author of Launching Your Dreams provides individual and business coaching to business owners, leaders, and work teams to improve their business results, operations, marketing and customer base; using her experience as a senior level manager for more than 18 years and with an extensive background of working with people to achieve their goals. Sign up today for your initial strategy session at: or contact Donna at To receive Donna’s newsletter visit: to your guardian angels. Some of us wake up on our own, present to an undeniable longing, emptiness or lack of passion. For some of us, it takes more than a nudge. It took cancer to get me to stop working twentyfour-seven, and it took two rounds of breast cancer and a broken foot to finally get my attention!

My Cancer Journey

have chosen this journey for myself, but it has helped me realize once again, with gratitude and joy, that I have a body. I am a soul. The universe keeps giving you little nudges. You know the little whispers you dismiss; you need to spend some time on yourself. Stop taking in other people’s negative energy. Eat well, play more, and exercise. You are missing the joy and beauty right in front of you. You must deal with the fears that keep creeping up into the pit of your stomach. You walk around like a body without a head; not connected to yourself, not nourishing your inner spirit, not connected to the energetic universe, not listening

by GAIL TYRRELL The Breasts are gone But I am Whole Disfigurement Need not include My Soul -----Louise Tschetter Hjelmstad,

cancer survivor

Diagnosis and Details (thankfully abbreviated) In 2001, I went for my routine mammogram and joined the club that no women want an invitation to. I became a breast cancer victim, hoping to become a breast cancer survivor. The fear was mind-numbing as I tried to take in what the doctor was saying. Thank God, my


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“MY CANCER JOURNEY” continued best friend Rita came along to take notes, ask questions, and later help translate all of this to my family. My first response was “get it out of me!” When can I have surgery? I imagined little black, tormented cells taking over my body. October 17, 2001 was the first time in my life that I faced my own mortality for, on that day, six friends, who now became suspect, said in some version to me “don’t worry, you’ll be fine and this will be a blessing in your life.”

I realized that I had been living a confused life. I confused work with accomplishment...frenetic actions with success...who I am with what results I have produced...or how much money I made. The gift of this cancer journey was to force myself to sit in the silence. I began to open my heart, to reconnect to my intuition that I had systemically

Everything takes longer Than you think it should Or thought it would Except your life -----Merijane Block,

cancer survivor

friend Bob came each week to do yoga with me. The first month, all I could do was sit in a chair and breathe. Healing is individual and includes many paths. For me it was reconnecting to source energy and trusting my body again.

My New Life What did I need to go from cancer victim, to cancer patient to reinventing my life? For twenty years, I’ve been designing and leading workshops so I designed a workshop, Reinventing Your Life After Cancer.

...Right! I was angry. I loved my old life, thank you very much, and was not looking for this kind of lesson----how about Ballroom Dancing or Tai Chi..? It took eleven surgeries, a second diagnosis of breast cancer, and finally a double mastectomy to be cancer free. It took four years to become cancer free and three of those years for me to get the message.

My Spiritual awakening In February 2004, I came home from the hospital after having a double mastectomy and reconstruction. For the first time since I was two years-old, I couldn’t feed, dress, or bath myself..! Being that vulnerable was terrifying. I had to rely completely on my husband, family and friends. It was like being in an infant’s body with an adult’s mind. It was the first time in fifty-four years, that I sat quietly. In the silence, I finally began to listen and learn how body, mind, and spirit connected-----and how to heal. Healing comes from the same word as holy-----healing is the return to wholeness.

turned off on becoming an adult. Even though part of my physical body was missing, I began to feel whole. I began to listen to myself, connect to myself, appreciate myself, and know that I have value as a human being even if all I could do was sit and be me.

In that silence, my path became clear. I am a healer and I have always been a healer. My first job was to heal myself. Each day, I meditated and walked. It took me three months to be able to walk one mile. My

I have long believed that healing has everything to do with how we carry our wounds. But my relationship with breast cancer has shown me also how we are carried by family, friends, symbols, and God. -----Anonymous

You are not the person you were before cancer and your life will also never be the same. Since I can’t have my old life back… How do I reinvent my life?


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“MY CANCER JOURNEY” continued How do I live with the fears that accompany being a survivor? ...How do I live with new physical, mental, and emotional challenges? ...How do I invent a life that incorporates everything that I have learned on my journey so far? ...How do I invent a life that supports my well-being? ...How do I make the transition from being a patient to being a participant in life? ...How do I live a life that is joyous, playful, passionate and productive? My healing was found by answering these questions and following my spiritual path, and helping others to heal. All of my work and life experiences had trained me for my new assignment-----working with cancer patients. I offer coaching, workshops and acupressure, assisting them on their journey to healing | mind | body|spirit.

Surround yourself with a community of Wise Women... My family can handle anything. I can handle anything... Knitting is a great form of meditation... Prayer works, love works, laughter works... I am complete with everyone in my life; I can die a good death... I no longer solve people’s problems... I am a yes to life!!! The right accessories can make your day... My path in life came to me and pulls me forth each day. I am blessed. -----GT

Gail Tyrrell, Member of HMN, founder of the Wise Woman Institute has more than twenty years experience as a business consultant working with Fortune 500 senior executives and their teams. She led seminars for over 10,000 people on the subject of personal transformation. Gail is a Master Coach, who has a passion for working with women to reinvent themselves in the second half of their lives. She also holds an advanced degree in IGM Therapeutic Acupressure. Her four year process of healing took her on a spiritual journey that reawakened her intuitive abilities, leading her to combine her consulting, coaching and healing skills into a holistic approach to personal transformation which she calls “Reinventing Your Life.” These principles are the cornerstone of both the Wise Woman Workshop and Reinventing your Life after Cancer Workshop. She volunteers her time to do Therapeutic Acupressure with cancer and hospice patients. For workshop information, speaking engagements or to book a session with Gail, you can contact her at: 973-361-5952, or email:

The unexpected gifts of this journey: I am not my body. I have a body.

The Healing Traditions of Our Ancestors by VILASI VENKATACHALAM Ancient civilizations had practices that used edible plants and herbs for cleansing, clarifying, healing, and nourishing the body and the spirit. Contrary to popular belief, healing with many of these herbs and spices such as Sage, Juniper,

Cloves, Cinnamon, Camphor and Pine are not only via food, but in ways that we may find surprising. Many of these healing herbs, shrubs, and spices were used in smudging or, consecrating with fire to heal and cleanse from outside our digestive system.

Smudging is burning a bundle of herbs and plants bound together, or throwing the herbs onto hot coals. The smoke has the aroma of the herbs being burnt, such as Sage, Juniper, or Sweet grass. This is a very prominent ritual to cleanse and offer prayers in most Native American tribes.


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In many ceremonies of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions, wood from special trees such as cedar, sandalwood, or cinchona are burned along with butter, milk, herbs and spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and camphor during rituals, prayers, and ceremonies such as weddings, child birth and other important events. For those who may be reluctant to accept the value of these rituals and traditions because it appears to lean more towards spirit than science, some explanation based on chemistry may be comforting...

The heat

from the fire releases aromatic substances from the wood, herbs or shrubs such as Thymol, Pinene, Eugenol, Terpinol and oils from sandalwood, clove and camphor. These compounds are carried in the smoke. We inhale them, and bathe in these fumes. It also produces other substances that we know as disinfectants and preservatives such as formaldehyde, acetic acid (vinegar), which produces a disinfecting effect while the other powerful, mystical molecules rise in the air and enter your nose and lungs coating all the surfaces-----

cleansing, purifying and healing you. These molecules have wellknown anti-inflammatory, bronchodilatory, and anti-cancer effects.

Many special woods, like sandalwood, cedar, pine, and mesquite inherently have many terpines and other compounds that have extraordinary properties. They have been used as a source of chemotherapeutics. One example is the use of the Pacific Yew bark to make Taxol for breast and lung cancer; and another, is the use of the bark of Cinchona from which Quinine was extracted to treat malaria. The lines are beginning to blur between tradition and science, and food is becoming medicine again. This is just the beginning of our journey back into the traditions of our ancestors.

Smell a change in the wind... In article 34 (Specific legal obligations) of the General Comment No. 14 (2000) on the right to the highest attainable standard of health of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (United Nations), it is stated that----Obligations to respect (the right to health) include a State's obligation to refrain from prohibiting or impeding traditional preventive care, healing

practices and medicines, from marketing unsafe drugs and from applying coercive medical treatments -----VV

Vilasi Venkatachalam, M.Sc., MS, RD; Member of HMN, is a Registered Dietitian-Clinical Nutritionist and a Biochemist. She has spent her prior years developing programs, patient care and teaching. She runs a consultancy that develops and implements programs and projects transforming patient and client menus and meal service programs for organizations based on The Healing Principles. She also conducts seminars and workshops (Ancient Wisdom and Modern Solutions, The Healing Principles of Food, Empowering and Healing Yourself from Cancer, Foods That Help and Foods that Hurt, Food as Medicine – Traditions of Our Ancestors) helping people learn to use food as a tool in their healing and provides personal and group seminars. You can contact Vilasi at or (908) 358-3908




THEIR SOUL by JEAN MARIE ROSONE I have had the honor and privilege of working at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center as the Coordinator of Oncology Integrative Medicine for the past ten years. There is not a day that I don’t leave the center feeling such a sense of gratitude for the trust of the patients who are so vulnerable and open about their deepest and darkest nights of their soul. Often for me, it is a very humbling experience, because I truly have no idea what it feels like for each individual. As a thirty-one-year cancer survivor, I can only understand the journey through my own experience, which is different than that of anyone else. Can we ever know what someone else is really going through? We may have an idea, but it is always from our own perspective. In working with the patients, I am constantly reminded of how important it is to just be present at whatever is being shared. I don’t need to fix it, or make it better; I just need to hold that sacred space for them to share. Although this may seem like a simple task, we forget to truly listen. So many times patients have said, “I just can’t share this with anyone; I don’t want to upset my family,”

or “...if I share my real feelings everyone will tell me that I shouldn’t think that way, and that I just need to stay positive.” This response often causes the patient to feel shut down-----as well as wrong, because they are not being positive enough. And, as if they don’t have enough pressure, now they’re not even thinking right-----

Arrggghh! Yet, it’s so easy to see how difficult conversations of this nature must be for the family members. They do not want to see their loved one suffering and really do feel that they need to make it better. The good news is, that just by being present and witnessing their pain, without solving or fixing, but perhaps just holding them while they cry, CAN make it better, or at least allow the patient to feel understood. The cancer experience is often filled with significant losses. In the past ten years, I have seen many people move through their cancer journey with a deep sense of knowing that their life would never be the same again. Many patients are grieving the loss of life as it used to be before cancer, when they did not have to worry about blood tests, CT scans, and doctors’ visits-----or wondering when they will die. There are often losses of relationships that had meaning... and now the person never calls. For many, it weeds out the true friends. When I run the Breast Cancer Support Group, which is a great opportunity for women to come together with others who get it; we will talk about the New Normal, a

phrase that is usually met with a collective groan, yet seriously saying, “I hate that New Normal----I just want my old life back,” fully knowing, deep down inside, that it is not possible. For some, the emotions come up in different ways. Some may now have little tolerance for those negaholics, those who whine and complain about things that are much less life threatening. For others, they may be able to be up for everyone around them, yet the people closest to them, like their significant others, get the brunt of their emotional turmoil. It’s amazing how many people don’t know what to say, so they say things like, “Wow, you look good!” So many patients are amused by this, saying, “What did they expect me to look like?” or “...I wonder what they thought I looked like before?” Many have said that when people just say: “I am thinking of you” or “I am keeping you in my thoughts” has been helpful. I often asked my patients to keep a rage journal just as a place that they can process the feelings-----knowing that it is necessary to get them out. The power of the written and spoken word can be a relief for many. I have also had patients who are obsessing all day about their diagnosis or prognosis; they do the following; pickk two 15-minute time slots during the day when they will obsess. This might be 8:00am and 8:00pm. Then, take that time and really think about all the worries. They are then instructed to place a rubber band around their wrist. If they start to


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“NIGHTS OF THEIR SOUL” continued obsess, they snap the rubber band, envision a stop sign, take a deep breath, and tell themselves that there will be time for this thought at 8:00pm. This cognitive restructuring technique has proven to be very helpful. Intentional deep breathing can also be a powerful tool to help them calm down. If they are in a waiting room, or getting a CT scan, I encourage them to put positive, calming words to their breathing. For example, breathing in “I am----” and exhaling “---at peace.” Also, the technique of being mindful or, in the present moment helps. So when patients find that they are beginning to catastrophize and awfulize, I ask them to bring themselves back to what they are doing in that moment and, using all their senses, pay attention to the present moment.

with one amazing woman, who was clear that she always wanted a child. She had been divorced just prior to being diagnosed. During her treatment, she had worked at setting some goals----changing jobs, buying a home, and adopting a child. Within two years of finishing treatment, she had attained all of the goals. For others, they say, “I just don’t get it-----I don’t feel this big rush to change my life...I feel like I’m doing it wrong because I’m not getting the big wake-up call.” For these patients, that too can add a different pressure. Everyone grows at their own rate and pace, which is an advantage of being an individual.

The questions around any life changing experience are many, yet it is my deep belief that we have them to help us learn specific lessons. We may not know immediately what the

lessons are; perhaps they are even for those that are around us to help them grow. I know that, in my own journey, it has been a great reminder to live a life that is as loving as possible. I try to fall in love each day with everyone I encounter, to trust that I am always (and in all ways) Divinely Guided, and that when I am out of joy, I am out of integrity with my soul.

I wish you peace of heart and mind!! -----JMR

Jean Marie Rosone, LCSW Coordinator of Oncology Integrative Medicine Carol G. Simon Cancer Center Morristown Memorial Hospital Atlantic Health System 973-971-6514

Just like life itself, each person’s past experience and perspective plays a role in how they deal with the current situation. For some, as they move through the process of the cancer diagnosis, even while processing the grief, there can be a sense of freedom in truly knowing and understanding at a deep level that the time is truly NOW. For those patients, many positive life changes follow. It may be finally taking that dream vacation they had always waited to take, or buying the car they always wanted to buy, ending a relationship that they had tolerated and were no longer willing to tolerate, or jobs that no longer provided meaning and purpose. I worked



“As We Journey Through Life...” As we journey through life, we are presented with many choices and challenges. Sometimes the path we chose seems so obvious that it didn’t feel as though there had been any other direction to go. Other times we may feel as though we are stuck at the fork in the road and have no idea which way to proceed. Following the yellow brick road isn’t an option. And there are those times we are presented with situations that produce feelings of pain, fear, loss; emotions that leave us feeling temporarily powerless against them. We may feel totally alone, defenseless and not knowing which way to turn, believing that no one can help. But thankfully, we are never alone, and if we look deep within, we find we do have the strength to continue on and there are people ready to reach out and help us along the way. Many years ago, as a child, I watched my grandfather suffer from...and eventually succumb to cancer. I was left with a fear of the disease, believing this was the only outcome. My lifelong dream was to become a nurse. There were really no other viable options, as far as I was concerned, but I didn’t know what type of nursing I wanted to pursue. I did know

by KATHY LYNCH one thing; I was terrified of cancer, and knew that if I didn’t face my fear, I would run from it the rest of my life. To this day, I am grateful that I found the courage to approach my instructor and request that I be assigned to a cancer patient.

almost thirty-two years and, throughout my career, so many people have made a tremendous impact on me, and I know I have done the same for them. When a patient comes into the treatment area for the first time, it is so apparent. Most have the deer-in-the-headlights look, being completely overwhelmed, and wanting so badly to bolt out of the office and keep running. Many have heard frightening stories of other people’s experiences, and they have no idea what to expect for themselves.

One particular per-

Because of my experience with this person, I decided this was the path I needed to choose. I learned some extremely valuable lessons from her. You always have the ability to make a difference, however small it may seem to you. Perhaps just the touch of a hand or an encouraging word can provide them with the support they need and let them know they are not alone. I never turned back. I have been an oncology nurse for

son comes to mind. Ten years ago, I was sitting in my office when I looked out and saw a woman standing by the nurse’s station. Her eyes were as big as silver dollars and busily scanning the room. She had the look of terror in them as well. I went over to her and put my hand on her arm and asked if this was her first time coming to the office for treatment. She nodded, and looked as if she was going to cry. I was overcome with compassion for her. I knew if I could just spend some time with her, and give her some sense of control over the situation, she would be fine. So, I led her to a chair and sat down beside her.


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make me come to work each day.


A couple of weeks ago, I had a visitor. It was the woman that I met ten years ago standing at the nurse’s station. She had just had follow up CT scans and was still disease free.

I took her hand and proceeded to tell her about the drugs she would be receiving, as well as the side effects she might expect to feel. I told her she would not be alone. We would help support her throughout her treatments. As I spoke to her, I could see the fear start to slip away. I told her this was the most difficult day-----with so many thoughts running through her head; not knowing how she would feel. How sick would she be? How would she manage at home? But, once she experienced it for herself, it would be hers and hers alone. She would own this experience. The unknown is so much more frightening. I had no doubt that she would find the strength to complete this journey. When she came in for subsequent treatments, she never had that look of fear again. She would always make a point to find me, and she would laugh about how I had noticed her deer-in-the-headlights look from across the room. I could also see the pride she felt in facing her fears and dealing with them. This is only one story, there are many more. Some people ask me how I can be in oncology all these years...and if my job gets depressing. I have to say that there are moments. But those times, when I am able to calm fears, and help someone find the strength to deal with such a devastating illness, are what

She brought me in a box of candy to celebrate, and she told me she would never forget how I helped her that first day. This is why I continue to follow this path. -----KL

Kathy Lynch, RN, OCN, is a member of HMN, and Director of Nursing at Hematology Oncology Associates, in Morristown, NJ. She has been with the practice for 25 years. After earning a BS in Nursing from Adelphi University, in Garden City, NY, she received her oncology certification. Ms. Lynch, a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, has been a lecturer on subjects including bone health, metastatic breast cancer and anemia. She has served as Clinical Advisor for the New Jersey Society of Oncology Managers, Clinical Advisor for Nutritional Therapeutics, Inc., Technical Advisory Panel Member for Priority Healthcare, and Clinical Advisory Panel Member for Pharmaceutical Buyers, Inc. She is presently on the board of Cancer Hope Network.


A Short Description and Two Experiences


the person connect himself to the movement from within.

Eurythmy is transforma-

Important is the role of our head ----the place where things often take on their own life. To work with images, the mental forces are occupied and in silence at the same time. This relieves a lot What are these movements? of tension from the muscles. This The gestures are an incredibly movement invites the person to powerful tool because the move- feel and be with what they do. ments come from an imaginary, The movements are a process and therefore, live in time. If you non-physical place. have never done or seen this, it is hard to imagine, but gestures Each movement is carried by of Tai Chi or Qi Gong are in the inner intention and it is the direction. therapist who sees and helps tional movement. The gestures are gentle (but sometimes not) and can be done while standing, sitting, or laying. They are highly personalized.


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Most of my experience of eurythmy and people with cancer, I had in The Lukas Clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland. This clinic specializes in people who have to deal with cancer, and most clients will come for a period of three weeks, from all over the world. That may be before, or after chemical treatment or operation (ideal is both) -----before and after. One of the keystones of the program is Holistic Therapies. Eurythmy is the foremost priority; everyone will have thirty-minutes of Eurythmy with the Therapist three times a week. In this case, it is not required to practice alone. (In private practice, for other illnesses or developmental challenges, one of the keys is the daily practice between sessions.) Before I go into the practice deeper, I would like to mention some other elements that are important for this clinic, because it shows the Holistic Vision behind what they offer which is so effective. If physically possible, patients will eat in the dining room with others, and the first rule is: we do not talk about illness, because we are so much more than that and it will not serve our digestion. All foods are organic (actually even more, Bio-Dynamic, which means that plants and seeds are worked with according to sun, moon and star constellations) If a person is not able to eat in the dining room, it will be served in their room. Meat will not be on the menu, as research shows us that vegetarian diet is advisable for people with cancer. Their Kitchen is famous!

All doctors do counseling. They will always include the patient’s life story. There is a lot of listening.

Keep in mind that it took only three weeks-----three times a week to establish the experience I write about.

Bernard is a man in his fifties; he always had a job in electronics, and changed companies a few times in his life. His children are already grown up. He loves to walk and be in the country with his wife. He is a very sensitive person. He came to the clinic after kidney treatment. In the eurythmy sessions, it was obvious that he did have little Every person will rest midday relationship with his legs and with a special Liver Treatment to thus, had little energy from the help detoxification. There are, per client, several possibilities for earth. We did a walking exercise, moved between light and therapy which will be prescribed darkness in gentle stretching and by the doctor. They are...Music bending, and moved with his feet Therapy, Art Therapy (clay, color as if he moved through water. or black-white techniques) Lightcolor Therapy, Massage Therapy, (In Eurythmy, we have a gesture Bath-Therapy (which may linked to a sound; in this case, include color) and, and Cranial the M and L, and they have a Sacral Therapy and Eurythmy specific flow and relationship Therapy. with processes in our body) All therapies are dealing with the rhythm of the energy of the Conclusion organs and every therapy does He felt life coming into his limps; address it differently. he became aware that he didn’t Mistle is a preparation which will be given as a treatment (next to whatever chemicals will be needed) to enhance the warmth or, organization of the body. Mistle works strongly and increases the immune system deeply. To write about the importance of this substance will be too much for this article.

With Eurythmy, we aim at two aspects: The energy patterns in the body, and the ability of the person to penetrate with their awareness their body. One can see cancer as a part in the body which does not listen or know how it has to fit in the Whole. We want every cell to know where it belongs, and what it has to do. For Eurythmy, we look at that as a cosmic wisdom and an inner wisdom in the body. The doctor will tell what part of the client is out of balance and that will give the Therapist the direction to choose the movements. -----two experiences with different clients.

think, or could stop it-----he was less worried when he had done this and felt more courageous to shape a future he would still not be sure of having. Brigit is a woman of thirty-eight, with a ten year-old son. This is her second operation on cancer just under her skull, and is very lucky it did not damage her brain. However, it came back much quicker then assumed (within two years). She is a very strong person with strong ideas about how things have to be. She is very athletic, and like fighting sports and does not relate easy to her softer side.


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“EURYTHMY...” continued

After the operation, it was clear that the doctors could not take it all away...and she had to deal with great uncertainty. We worked on her ability for balance through a specific walking exercise. We addressed the brain with special sounds (as A and E and U), all being very much symmetric in the gestures. We worked with feet and fingers with these sounds and gestures because they had great effect on the energy pattern of the brain.

Conclusion: Over the time she opened herself, she became less hard, and went more inside the softer part of herself. She decided not to have to try hard to get back to normal, but really looked for the good parts in her life. She also was going to look for a Eurythmy Therapist near home. To end this article, I would like to mention that it is so beautiful to see what the goal of the therapy is, and what it moves inside the person. That is so much more than the goal. By helping people to access through these gestures certain parts of themselves, I strongly feel that something much bigger can enter, guide, and help the person. Therefore Eurythmy is one of the most spiritual Movement Therapies I know. -----MM

Born in 1970 in the Netherlands, Martine attended the Waldorf School her entire childhood. It is there that her love for and relationship with Eurythmy was created and nourished. She has a Bachelor degree in Eurythmy and a post-graduate Pedagogical Master degree from Academie voor Euritmie

in The Netherlands. Furthermore, she holds a Master degree for Therapeutic Eurythmy from Peredur Center for the Arts in England. She has been teaching

Eurythmy for over eleven years. Martine is also a certified practitioner in Reconnective Healing®, taught by Eric Pearl. In July 2006 she moved from The Netherlands to Princeton, NJ, where she is enjoying the challenge of introducing this powerful movement form to a new cliental. She is member of the North American Eurythmy Association and the Association for Curative Eurythmy, named Athena. ( 908-874-8268

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“Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves”

the art of MARIA LUPO The work is rooted in the ecological cycles of nature and one’s relationship to the natural world.

Maria Lupo, MFA-ATR, Member of HMN, a Registered Art Therapist with Atlantic Integrative Medicine, Morristown, NJ has a Post Masters Specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell College. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College (CUNY), NYC and a Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University, NJ. Ms. Lupo is completing her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Caldwell College, NJ. She serves on the Executive Board of the NJ Art Therapy Association. Her specialized areas include ADD/HD, Stress and Women’s Health, Lifestyle Adjustments and Developmental Disabilities. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally, and her work is included in many public and private collections. predatorious

Handcrafted and archetypal, the images evoke a mythopoetic relationship with nature that expresses places and creatures both real and imagined.

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Angels in the Light



afghan squares knit with needles yarn and love varied colors weave through multi-patterns each one different squares made by women creating with skill and prayer I sit in cubical for chemo and afghan lies on lap chemicals drip through needles, prayer love flows through afghan who knows which pierced the cancer probably love From the book, Trilogy of Cancer---The Jolt, the Journey, the Joy © Copyright 2007 by Ann Freeman Price

The glimmer of vitality about to fade, as darkness closes in to swallow me Haunted by images from the past, walking through life with catatonic eyes, the heart turned to stone Feeling fled, along with any expectations My essence parched and weakening The luminous, golden light of the sun waning from within Whispers from my angels in the light sending vibrations of love, urging me to hold onto thoughts of change Before long, the pace of life will alter once again; that same bend in the road that once led me to a barren land will lead me to a field of plenty, where desire and anticipation are rekindled, lifeless eyes awaken, the heart softens as the darkness behind me blends with the light of my angels before me Refreshing waters of the spirit rejuvenate me, and the radiance of the sun twinkles with joy from the inner recesses of my true self Strength and valor fill my being, expanding and uplifting as light encloses my spirit, and assurance and belief in the future resumes. © Copyright 2005 by Sarah M. Collins

In Charge by ANN F. PRICE (sing to the tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat) I will not permit Breast cancer to win, I will live every day Relishing each new way I can put a spin-----

To give out a smile To a friend or foe, I will stay positive Most of the life I live Everywhere I go!!!

On the time I have, Every golden hour, Whether there’s thunder Or rainstorms or sun I will have the power-----

From the book, Trilogy of Cancer---The Jolt, the Journey, the Joy © Copyright 2007 by Ann Freeman Price

Sarah M. Collins, Member of HMN, is a prolific writer, holistic healer and astrologer. She lives in the woods of rural New Jersey where she studies the night sky and garners inspiration for her metaphysical and poetic writings. Visit her websites: and


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Slow Dance

A Weekend

by DAVID L. WEATHERFORD, child psychologist


Central Park means The City, New York. A Birthday Weekend, Hotel near the park, Just us, late in life, Married not two years. I look at my ring, Gold, Scratches I don’t believe. Flashback. A call from my daughter. “There’s a ring on my pan, That stainless set, What do I do? “ Answer? “Like any relationship, Can’t keep it shiny forever, It needs to mellow and deepen.” Today, this weekend, “I am not a cancer survivor, I don’t have Cancer!” Time will tell. A scratch on the ring. Time will tell. Just us, The Park, The City A weekend.

Have you ever watched kids on a merrygo-round, or listened to rain slapping the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight, or gazed at the sun fading into the night? You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last. Do you run through each day on the fly, when you ask "How are you?", do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed, with the next hundred chores running through your head? You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last. Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow, and in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, let a friendship die, 'cause you never had time to call and say hi? You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last. When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, it's like an unopened gift thrown away. Life isn't a race, so take it slower, hear the music before your song is over.


George Dominguez, Board Member of HMN: Chief Operations Officer for Sunrise House Foundation in Lafayette, NJ; He has sat on many State and County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Advisory Committees and served from 1993 to 1998 as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. George practiced law from 1969 to 1979, as an assistant public defender in Essex County and several years in real estate and small corporate matters. He served 5 years as Magistrate in Morris and Passaic Counties from 1975 to 1979. In 1980, George and his brother opened The York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, Maine. George was the Executive Chef until his switch to health care in 1986. The inn is presently a 54-room Oceanfront Resort with five separate lodges for guests, which is still run by George's family.


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