Monthly Archives: October 2013

Interview: Maryann Makekau, founder of Because Hope Matters responds to the question…How do I tell my kids about this cancer diagnosis?

Years ago when Miss Marann’s best friend was diagnosed with cancer, Maryann was given the opportunity to support her friend in a unique way. This friend was a second grade teacher who was concerned about telling her class about her cancer. Her concern was the catalyst into authorship for Miss Maryann as she reached into her heart and experience to pour out a children’s book. In this interview she addresses the following questions and more: How and when do I tell the kids? How much do I say? What if I do not have answers to their questions? What can I say if the child asks if this will be fatal? What if I cry? How does the child’s age impact all of this? Maryann’s simple, real wisdom is a lifeline to those struggling with these concerns. She extends this pearl of wisdom, “Children need an anchor, the adults around them.”

My Cancer Story: Toni Nicholson

“I am dancing over impossibilities” was just one of the many pearls of wisdom Miss Toni offers in this interview. Her cancer story includes a duel perspective as caregiver to her soul mate husband for two years, then as a Stage 4 cancer survivor. Miss Toni is not only the author of the book “Dancing With Destiny”, but is also a part of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation speakers bureau. Considering herself a “soul survivor” Miss Toni said “I don’t know how long I will live but I do have a choice HOW to live.” She advocates feeding yourself positive things by surrounding yourself with nature, water, movement and positive people. Come join us for this warming and spirit lifting interview.

Wellness: Home Delivered Nutrition with Susan Bratton, founder of Meals to Heal

Do you mean to tell me that some cancer patients are having healthy meals delivered to them? Meals that are designed for their individual needs? That idea was so wonderful to us that we asked Miss Susan Bratton talk with us about Meals to Heal. She tells us all about her mission to bring healthy and delicious meals as well as sound nutritional counseling to cancer patients. Miss Susan helps us understand how nutrition can benefit this population in a real way during and after treatment, as well as the importance of having a nutritionist as part of the oncology team. Two of her pearls of wisdom were “get your nutrition from food” and “minimize the use of supplements.”

Wellness: Stress Management with Lauren Miller, author and speaker

Lauren Miller is not only a stress management expert, but a cancer survivor as well. She has lived through many of life’s challenges. Weathering those storms brought a new level of wisdom to her expertise. She compells us to step back. Observe your life to define your reactions. Once your triggers are isolated, Miss Lauren offers stress reduction strategies that are simple, practical and effective. She discusses the 3 roots of stress as well as the biological benefits of laughter. Does the idea of laughter yoga sound intriguing? Tune in!