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I just discovered this blog sitting in my draft folder that I had intended to share months ago when I received an email  from a  three-time cancer survivor and ambassador for Cure Forward, a new platform that is helping cancer patients understand and access precision medicine. As a cancer survivor, I was asked to write an open letter on my blog to someone recently diagnosed with cancer providing any advice or support I’d want to share with them.

So, this post is to Beth, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of September and is currently recovering from a mastectomy and undergoing chemotherapy. Her experience, as with many others I’ve encountered since my diagnosis, took me back to my own surgeries and recovery.

My advice is 1) take the time you need to heal, 2) welcome all the feelings that show up, explore them, write about them, paint them out, whatever form of creative expression works for you, and 3) ask for and open to the help of others – give them the gift of giving.

With love, Vicki

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About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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