Commonweal Cancer Help Program Alumni Circles

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By Kathleen Kramer The North Bay Healing Circle has been meeting monthly since the summer of 2009. Our formation grew out of a one-day alumni retreat that was held by the Commonweal Cancer Help Program (CCHP) for those who had attended the…

Love the Ones You’re With

CCHP alumni Terri Mason reflects on her experience at the Commonweal Cancer Help Program retreat.

Fear and Loving in Bolinas

At CCHP, Stephanie felt accepted for what she was. She felt that she was granted the spaciousness to be and didn't feel the need to change, to become the same as. And, in that acceptance, to accept everyone’s multifaceted beingness. To learn to love without expecting conformity to expectation or to the dominant cancer narratives of our day.

No Longer Left Behind

Having nine people who made including her a high enough priority to delay a pleasurable activity was life-changing for Miki. For that evening, the possibility of belonging was palpable. The memory continued to inspire her to reach for more and more connection and belonging with people, and to find it.

How do you hold a moon beam?

Why has it been so difficult and taken so long for me to write about the most meaningful and transformational experience of my life? Wording the question this way may make the answer obvious but I laugh at the first thing that pops into my mind. It’s the line from The Sound of Music song, “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?”

The Healing Power of Love

A terminal diagnosis led to 10 lessons on love and the start of Healing Circles Langley.