Friday, March 8, 2019
Write to "Right" Your Story...FREE Writer's Workshop from Balance After Cancer Foundation
Writing is a helpful way to process things that happen to and around us. I have been writing in a journal since 1986 when I was still 9 years old. When I grew up, I continued to write but I kept it very private and did not use my writing for anything other than documenting stuff with the kids, writing down my worries and what have you for my eyes only.
I began a small business and began writing a blog every day about something to do with resumes, careers, business, etc and I found it to be very enjoyable and I also found that many people were on my site reading my content and I started to think that maybe, just maybe I was a "writer".
But I did not believe it. Then, I was diagnosed with cancer at 39 years old and stopped doing much of anything to get through treatment. I also hid my illness and did not want to talk about it, think about it or do anything else about it besides survive.
All of a sudden after I finished chemotherapy and began radiation in June 2017, I realized that I had a gift from God and that gift was writing and sharing and so I began to blog, anonymously, and saw many people reading my story, commenting on my posts and it led me to be brave enough to unmask myself and to publicly "come out" as a cancer patient.
I now run 3 (or 4, if you could this one) blogs where I share my story, help for others going through cancer through my nonprofit Balance After Cancer blog.
Recently, I took a pilgrimage to Italy to visit the Vatican and my saint, Padre Pio and I was inspired to start up a writing workshop group that would operate online and of course be free.
Today, I proudly call myself a writer. Writing things down and sharing them, for me, is a great way to name my fears, to put them away and to move on. Writing does not have to be shared, though, to help "right" the wrongs of life and to help you heal.
I am launching 3 groups with a cap of 5 people to join and the sign up is here. I truly hope you would consider signing up as we work as a group to write / right our story.
Lisa Vento Nielsen is the founder of Balance After Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit providing survivorship tools to other cancer survivors, thrivers and previvors. You can find out more here.
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