When life is going well, having the energy to thrive is easy. We are centered, engaged, creative…we are having fun at work, at home, in our significant relationships and in the activities we invest our time in. We feel like we’re on a roll.
But life doesn’t always go that way. There are times when we are challenged, stressed or overwhelmed. It is during these times that thriving may seem like an unreasonable goal or an unlikely outcome. During my most challenging days of grieving, the concept of thriving was far beyond my grasp.
That is why I created the i-Thrive! in Survivorship Telesummit for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers. Because I know that without easy to use tools and support, the tendency is to stay stuck in low energy, feeling stressed or experiencing overwhelm. And because I want the listeners to know it is possible to come full circle and have a life where you feel like you’re thriving again.
When I put out the call to action to fellow experts in a variety of fields, the resounding answer was YES! Yes we want to:
- share our personal stories of challenges we’ve overcome to make a difference for others
- offer tools and insights to help inspire and support people needing extra energy
- focus on solutions to the challenges that are simple, accessible
- give listeners things they can do right now to reduce stress and feel better
- be involved in something that helps others feel like they are able to thrive, even when facing the challenge of cancer touching their lives or other significantly impactful concerns.
Look Who Showed Up…
The amazing Sue London. You don’t want to miss her story of overcoming Crohn’s Disease. Sue shares a powerful stress reduction tool and more in our first installment. Later in the series, Michael Bloom brings us a unique exercise to integrate left and right brain to lower stress.
We’ll cover natural skin care, body image and body liberation with experts Britta Aragon, Cynthia Osieki and Bonnie Gayle. And my co-host, Sharon Otness Foot serves up some simple nutrition tips. Marni Battista brings you insights to energize your relationships or dating after chronic illness or loss. AND MORE…for a full list of experts and to register go to www.tiny.cc/ithrivetelesummit ~ before November 28th to receive one 20 minute audio interview a day, six days a week delivered conveniently to your inbox.
And I am humbled to announce that Dee Wallace will close out the telesummit. Dee is a healer, author, teacher, dancer and actress in film, television and the stage for over 30 years. With over 100 credits to her name including my favorites, Cujo, 10 and ET, Dee has worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest icons including Blake Edwards, Peter Jackson, Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. Dee now hosts her own radio show, writes, does motivational speaking and works to help others recreate their lives. Her most recent book, Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons From a Life in Acting, is Dee’s autobiography about how her craft as an actor led her to uncover spiritual lessons and keep her own light shining even in the face of personal challenges.
This final interview of the telesummit has a deep personal meaning. First of all, like me, Dee was widowed at a young age. But our connection doesn’t end there. Years ago in my former life in production, I was part of a group of film development executives and writers who met monthly to work on scripts and feature projects. One of the most talented screenwriters in the group was Christopher Stone. During our snack breaks, he would often entertain us with stories of his young daughter and his wonderful wife, Dee Wallace.
This interview is the first time Dee and I have ever spoken yet we share a bond…of two women who know what it takes to recreate your life after being widowed at a young age and are committed to helping others do the same no matter what challenges they are facing. What a wonderful way for thriving to come full circle.