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Deborah’s Story

I've created this website to keep friends and family updated during this breast cancer journey. I greatly appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Many people have asked how to help support me during this journey.

Please join me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeborahCohansHealingJourney

1. Download Transform Your Life: a year of awareness practice by Cheri Huber. Set the alarm for 9am pacific time. We will then be reading the same Buddhist quote at the same time every day. A lovely way to connect with each other.

2. Dance! 

3. Donate to a charity.

***Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center: http://hiv.ucsf.edu/care/perinatal.html
Please consider donating to this organization of which I am Medical Director. 
http://www.sfghfoundation.net/donate_BAPAC.html

*** San Francisco General Hospital Healing Through Movement Fund:
 http://sfghfoundation.net/donate_HTMF.html
This newly-created project will bring movement and dance to both patients and medical providers. The goals of the program include to help patients learn about their bodies and use movement and dance to both promote wellness as well as cope with illness and dis-ease. This project will also include developing and disseminating a movement/dance curriculum for medical providers in order to cultivate the lost art of healing touch and physical listening, enhance surgical skills, and build community.

Blessings to all of you,
deborah

Latest Journal Update

You are not alone...

If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.
― Isadora Duncan

Last week, I ventured really to the edge of my comfort zone -- dancing to classical music (it had been 34 years), having only heard the music in its entirety once about 45 minutes before the show, first time ever as a solo dancer, and improvising the entire 20 minute piece. It was the world premier of Oliver Caplan’s commissioned piece “You Are Not Alone” – an anthem of support, expressing the emotional arc of breast cancer. I wanted to adequately honor the exquisite music and the exquisite Bella Trio musicians. I wanted to adequately honor my experience of breast cancer. It was really scary (before), resonant (during), and profound (after). I danced my year of cancer. Diagnosis, Grieving. Acceptance. Transformation. I spent more time proportionately in grieving during the performance than I did last year. My body needed to be there, exploring the edges of loss. I felt aligned dancing chaos, anger, sadness then openness, acceptance, love. The dance, a hybrid of Soul Motion and Authentic Movement -- the stunning music entering my body, greeting my soul, and guiding my body. An audience of witnesses. The movements expressing the experience of my year better than words ever could. Dahlia sitting in the front pew, crying throughout the dance. I looked lovingly at her, trying to reassure her that I am healthy, I am happy, I am there to be her mommy… while simultaneously staying authentic in the movement, in the moment, in the experience. Benjamin drawing dragons from a pew near the back, occasionally looking up, daring to take in little sips of the dance, daring to revisit the challenges and the joy of this past year. Dancing for my friends, my community, a gratitude dance. My community who loved me, met me and held me during the most difficult, interesting and exhilarating moments of my life.