One third of all women in the US will develop cancer at some point during their lifetimes (American Cancer Society). To me, the statistic is downright shocking and scary.
But the statistic doesn’t give insight into the individuals fighting the condition. As I’ve learned from reading Care2 blogs from Ann Pietrangelo — who has chronicled her journey with breast cancer — cancer can take certain parts of the body (a breast in her case), but it doesn’t have the power to steal the voice or spirit. Her words are more profound than ever.
I was reminded of Ann when I read about a retreat, aptly called Courageous Women, Fearless Living for women experiencing cancer. This retreat seems to also embody the message that women can be empowered and awakened while facing cancer. As stated on the website:
We may lose a breast, our uterus, and most certainly our hair—causing us to reflect on how we identify as women, mothers, lovers, or nurturers. However, when gently and skillfully embraced, facing our mortality and the fragility of life can be a vehicle for profound healing and awakening—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Whether it’s cervical, ovarian, or breast cancer that radically alters our lives, the question is, how can we navigate this potentially confusing and often heartbreaking terrain in the most empowering way?
Heartbreaking terrain — no doubt. But it’s definitely filled with some powerful and inspiring drivers.
We are very lucky at Care2 to have a wonderful team of courageous (women and men!) bloggers. Thankfully, Linda Sparrowe will be joining Care2 as a guest blogger. Linda, an amazing writer, yoga teacher, and mentor, will be leading and teaching yoga at the Courageous Women retreat. We invite you to get to know Linda more through this retreat and here on Care2.