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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

Entering the subtle realms...

My body is ushering me into the subtle realms of movement and being. On the cusp of my cancer diagnosis anniversary and in the midst of returning to work– thinking I may have multiple sclerosis but instead… “fucked up good news” to quote dear friend Nancy. Herniated discs with some impingement of my spinal cord. My 4 new teachers – 3 in my neck, 1 in my thoracic spine. Many possible etiologies: unergonomic movement while playing the violin, delivering babies, doing surgery, working at the computer, dancing ferociously. But really, it relates to my busy mind. Too much swimming in that brain, all of those thoughts -- reworking the past, wondering about the future -- needed a release and found a path of least resistance between the discs of my spinal column. These protrusions teaching me to explore grace, fluidity, subtle connection and specificity of movement using a body that is slightly clumsy and off-balance. These protrusions cultivating empathy so that I can teach movement to “non-dancers” with a deeper appreciation of vulnerability. A hard few weeks, waves of disappointment with my body, envy as I watched fellow dancers engage in the acrobatic lifts and full-on contact improvisation that I love so deeply, worry that I wouldn’t be able to dance again in a way that feeds my soul. I noticed these thoughts and, finally yesterday, let them drift off into the clouds. Honoring my body as the solution, not the source of my problems. My body is not betraying me, it is communicating profound lessons if I’m willing to listen.

ps. Profound gratitude to Rick Couglin and Michelle Harui at ODC's Healthy Dancer's Clinic, a gift to the dance community those two... Thrilled that I got a green light to (carefully and gently) dance...

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Mimi Schlichter
By Mimi Schlichter - from Cape Cod, MA - come on up and visit any time!
You are utterly amazing, beautiful, graceful, and "Grace-Full". Peace and blessings, with gratitude for your sharing.
Toni Jones
By Toni Jones
Thank you Deborah for today's post. You have given me hope of being active once again!
mary brennan
By Mary Brennan, a fan in Wisconsin
It is fucked up. We are all cheering you. Dance on, ever so gently.