Free Writing Webinar and a Cancer Poem

Cancer is invasive. It affects the people who were diagnosed, caregivers, family and friends. Cancer Foundation and the Institute for Life and Care believe writing is an important step people can take to begin dealing with the emotional effects of cancer.

Join us on August 29th for a Write to Heal webinar presented by Rev. Becky Porter, MA, MDiv, BCCC, CMT of the Institute for Life and Care.  She will walk participants through some cancer poetry readings including the one below, then invite participants to write for themselves to explore the ways in which writing can enhance self-awareness, self-care and emotional healing.

Participants can share as much or as little as they feel comfortable.  Becky creates a warm, safe atmosphere for all participants and typically leads day-long writing workshops, the webinar is a new adventure.

We are limiting participation to the first 10 to RSVP, and there are only 2 spots left! So sign up fast


Oxygen, Mary Oliver


Everything needs it: bone, muscles, and even,

while it calls the earth its home, the soul.

So the merciful, noisy machine


stands in our house working away in its

lung-like voice. I hear it as I kneel

before the fire, stirring with a


stick of iron, letting the logs

lie more loosely. You, in the upstairs room,

are in your usual position, leaning on your


right shoulder which aches

all day. You are breathing

patiently; it is a


beautiful sound. It is

your life, which is so close

to my own that I would not know


where to drop the knife of

separation. And what does this have to do

with love, except


everything? Now the fire rises

and offers a dozen singing, deep-red

roses of flame. Then it settles


to quietude, or maybe gratitude, as it feeds

as we all do, as we must, upon the invisible gift:

our purest, sweet necessity: the air.


Oliver, M. (2005). New and selected poems: Volume two. Boston: Beacon Press, 25


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