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Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

 
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

the big c

Randy Peyser Randy Peyser book coach. peace truster. journey enjoyer.

Randy Peyser helps people get book deals with publishers. She is CEO of Author One Stop, a national publishing consulting firm. She is the author of Crappy to Happy as featured in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. [www.AuthorOneStop.com]

This past year, I joined the “Sisterhood of the Pink Ribbon”. There is nothing scarier than receiving a cancer diagnosis…except for living through all that the cancer experience entails.

When I made my Big C announcement, I was bombarded with advice from well-meaning friends and family:

“Western medicine = cut/poison/burn!” or “Do chemo and radiation or you’ll die!”

Oy vey! What’s a frightened little Bambi to do?

I wanted to supplement my choice of traditional treatment with natural healing. But the two modalities are in opposition to one another. Natural methods boost the immune system. Chemo intentionally weakens the immune system to destroy cancer cells. Which would save my life?

The truth is that no one knew, including the doctors and the alternative practitioners. Five oncologists told me at different times when medical decisions needed to be made, “You know, it’s a gray zone. You’ve got to trust your gut.

Trust my gut?

I’d expect to hear that from an alternative practitioner, not from five oncologists! It turned out that I had to figure things out for myself through every step of the process.

So, here is how I figured things out. In weighing the alternatives, I noticed which options brought me anxiety and which ones made me feel peaceful. For example, the idea of radiation terrified me, until the oncologist mentioned I could radiate the breast and not the lymph, or just the lymph, or both, or neither. When I thought about radiating the breast I felt calm. When I thought about radiating the lymph, I felt terror. So I chose to radiate the breast and not the lymph.

Did I make the right choice? I sure hope so! The truth is I live every day with the knowledge of not knowing. But I am alive! And I continue to make decisions based on whether or not they bring me greater anxiety or leave me feeling at peace.

If you, or someone you know, are going through the cancer experience, consider making your decisions based on whether or not they bring you greater anxiety or leave you feeling peaceful. Remember, “The Big C” stands for courage!

I wish you well on your journey!

– Randy Peyser

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