On Tuesday March 15, 2011 at 1:15pm I received “the call” that would forever change my life. All of a sudden my life moved in slow motion and stayed that way for what seemed like a lifetime. Cancer in MY body? How could that be? I was one of the healthiest people I knew. I exercised, ate healthy, no alcohol, smoking, etc.. I was a children’s yoga instructor for God’s sake!
Through journaling I found moments of peace knowing deeply that there must be a reason and that if I was just patient enough it would be revealed. I realized that I needed some other healing modalities so I googled “yoga and breast cancer” and came across a yoga retreat for women going through cancer that has since given my life new meaning & purpose. I attended the Foundation for Living Beauty’s Serenity Yoga Retreat one month after my surgery and although I was still in shock and disbelief about my cancer I somehow came up with the idea that perhaps teaching survivors/thrivers was the next step in my life.
Inspired by the teacher/leader of the retreat, Tari Printser, I became a y4c (yoga for cancer) teacher. None of this was ever in my game plan but neither was cancer. I am now a Yoga Therapist, currently teaching survivors in small group classes as well as privately on a weekly basis throughout Los Angeles.
I return to the Foundation for Living Beauty’s retreats each year to volunteer and give back The Gift that was so freely given to me. I have never found my life to be so fulfilled and rewarding. I am grateful that I was open to the possibility that there was a reason for my diagnosis and that I was able to find it quickly. So grateful for each day that I wake-up, continue to heal and keep my body, mind and spirit healthy. I can truly say today that cancer was a GIFT in my life.
With your generous donation, you can continue to help me give back to this wonderful organization that has brought so much to me. Thank you for your support!!!
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