Choosing a Wonder-Filled Life

September 9, 2014 2:24 PM

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Choosing a Wonder-Filled Life

Ten months ago, my youngest sister passed away after a seven-year relationship with cancer. She never liked to say she was fighting cancer, since she didn't like the idea that she was in a battle -- she thought that gave the disease too much power. Instead, she sought to embrace cancer as an opportunity to discover and heal aspects of herself that had dis-ease on any level, whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. What a roller coaster it was. During the highs and lows, the healing and the blows (when her cancer returned again and again... and again and again), she never lost sight of what it might teach her. She was the most courageous person I have ever known.

I grew up in a family with an all-too-familiar story: a history of alcoholism on both sides of the family, an angry and verbally abusive father, a mother who had no voice, and an uncle who was the family pedophile. The culture of my family was never to talk about the elephants in the room. To the ou...

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