Healing Journeys National Conference to be Held in Spartanburg - June 23-24
“Cancer as a Turning Point, From Surviving to Thriving”™
Healing Journeys National Conference will be held in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2012. The conference will be Saturday from 9:00am until 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:15am until 3:30pm with book signing opportunities following. Sponsored by Gibbs Cancer Center and the Spartanburg Regional Foundation, this conference is free to the public and is designed to give encouragement and educational information to those who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer or those close to cancer survivors.
Founded as a result of a personal cancer experience in 1989, Jan Adrian became one of the 1.8 million women in this country diagnosed with breast cancer. Jan has now had three primary cancers: 2 different kinds of breast cancers in both breasts, ocular melanoma in her eye and a total of 11 occurrences since her original diagnosis. She is currently “watching” the latest which is lung cancer. Jan has had a mastectomy, a course of chemotherapy, and 35 radiation treatments. This conference was truly born of the heart for others, wanting them to have more resources than she had when she faced her journey. She feels it very important to “treat” the physical, psychological and spiritual parts of the body in order to be healed. The conference attendees will be empowered with knowledge to augment their medical program, inspired by the stories of others, uplifted by knowing they are not alone, and stirred by the power of music and laughter.
The conference has been presented across the nation 26 times and since 1996, attendance has grown 600% from an average of 150 attendees to an over 1350 attendees at the last two conferences in California. The purpose of the conference is to educate, inspire, celebrate and connect all whose lives have been touched by cancer or any life-altering illness.
Dr. Thomas Moore, author and educator will be the keynote speaker on Saturday morning at 9:30am. Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in religion and most of his 15 books deal with deepening spirituality in every aspect of life. Dr. Moore lectures on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy and the arts. He is interested in healing the whole person, not just the cancer but taking care of the body and the soul. His latest book is entitled, “Care of the Soul.” Other books include, “The Guru of Golf,” 18 stories about the game of life using golf as the root metaphor, and “The Book of Job” a commentary on the story of Job. Dr. Moore will set the tone for the conference by emphasizing all of the issues that need to be considered when dealing with cancer and life beyond treatment.
Dr. Nancy Welch, of Greer, will speak on Saturday at 2:00pm, on her journey this past year with Rectal Cancer. “My Bend in the Road,” will give attendees an opportunity to see Welch in a different light from the one they knew for many years on WSPA-TV.
Mrs. Bunny Richardson, of Simpsonville, Corporate Communications for BMW Manufacturing Group, will speak on Sunday at 9:25am about her Colon Cancer for which she is still undergoing treatment. Both of these women have quite a message for those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Presenters will be:
• Nancy Welch, Ed.D., hosted “The Nancy Welch Show” on television for nearly 25 years before spending 20 years in higher education. She is well known in the Carolinas and Georgia as another Martha Stewart! Dr. Welch has authored three cookbooks, a humorous book about operating a Bed and Breakfast Inn and has written a regular magazine column on cooking and entertaining and has received many honors for her community involvement.
• Gaye Adegbalola, a powerful singer and songwriter, who has received the Blues Music Award. She is the front woman for Miz A & The Freedom Band. She is the survivor of two primary cancers, uterine and cervical in 1992.
• Lise Alschuler, ND, has received many awards for her work as a naturopathic oncologist and is the co-author of, “The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrated Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Healing” as well as “Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan.”
• Emmett Miller, MD, one of the fathers of Holistic and Mind/Body Medicine, is a master storyteller and the author of many books including, “Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine.
• James Nave, MFA, a poet and artist from Asheville, N. C., began writing poems the morning after prostate surgery. “Looking At Light, 100 poems in 100 Days,” is the result of those efforts. He is the founder of The Imaginative Storm Creative Salon and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
• Laura Pole, President of Eating for a Lifetime, is a Health Supportive Gourmet Chef, an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Certified Fitness Instructor, and a musician for over 50 years. She blends all of these passions together and is considered one of the leading authorities on shaping the field of health and cooking for people with serious illnesses.
• Jonna Tamares, an actress and three time cancer survivor, has turned her experiences into a one-woman show, Jonna’s Body, Please Hold. The show has received rave reviews and was nominated for two Ovation Awards.
To register and learn details about the conference go on line to: www.healingjourneys.org.