After Breast Cancer Rebirth is Critical to your Well Being

Last weekend, I enjoyed a renewed sense of freedom over three days as I experienced the magic of Grass Lake Sanctuary in Manchester, MI., http://www.grasslakesanctuary.org

The Pink Fund has entered into a collaborative relationship with Grass Lake to provide 3 day life-balancing women’s wellness retreats this July and August to our applicants, but any breast cancer survivors living in Washtenaw, Jackson, Ingham, Livingston, Eaton, Clinton or Shiawassee Counties are eligible for full scholarships.

Other survivors, like today’s blogger Tami Boehmer, have shared how similar retreats have aided in their healing as they learned techniques to de-stress, relax, make inspired connections, eat incredible and nutritious food, explore creative movement and enjoy therapeutic massage.

I will share more about my Grass Lake experience next week .  Michigan women should consider applying for a retreat through Grass Lake Sanctuary by calling 1-734-408-1552.

By Tami Boehmer

Image Reborn offers fabulous, free retreats for breast cancer survivors

When I was at the Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer Conference in February 2010, I stopped by the Young Survival Coalition’s table to see my friend Kristi. “You’ve got to stop by Image Reborn’s booth; I went to one their retreats and it was great!”

When I finally found them tucked away in a not-well-traveled corner, I was convinced I discovered the best kept secret in the breast cancer world.  Image Reborn’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer program offers free weekend retreats in Park City, Utah. They even pay for your airfare up to a certain amount. It seemed too good to be true, but I signed up right away.

The focus is on encouraging women to reclaim their sense of personal power and to strengthen them in their journey toward healing on all levels and living fully.

The retreat was beyond my wildest dreams. I knew it was going to be special as we wound up a mile-high mountain past huge mountain homes until we reached our mountain home. We’re talking 10 bathrooms, a breathtaking view, special massage room, hot tub, etc.

I was first to arrive and Donald, our personal chef, was already preparing our fantastic meal that looked like something out of Martha Stewart. As the night wore on, the 10 of us got to know each other. We ended up cramming into the hot tub, everyone (but me) with glasses of wine. I went to bed early, but some stayed up until 4 a.m. We were joking that we should start a reality show, “Breast Cancer Survivors Gone Wild.”

The next morning, we were treated to breakfast prepared by Pam Herskovitz, a nutrition counselor who participating in a groundbreaking study on nutrition and breast cancer. This included a healthy serving of information about the role of diet in cancer prevention. We even received a healing foods cookbook. Before long, it was time to go into Park City for lunch. And when we came back, facials and massages!! The evening ended with discussion and scrapbooking.

The best part of the weekend was bonding with other survivors. It felt like we knew each other for a long time. All the women were terrific, including our hosts Connie and Shelia from Image Reborn. I could tell they really cared about us and are living out a mission. I received a lot of inspiration meeting Lynda, an 8-year, stage IV breast cancer survivor who is doing great.

I’d recommend checking out Image Reborn if you’re a breast cancer survivor and especially considering donating to this wonderful organization. Find out more by going to www.imagerebornfoundation.org.

Tami Boehmer is a metastatic breast cancer survivor, speaker, blogger and author of From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. You can visit her at www.MiracleSurvivors.com.

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