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Melissa created this film short in 2018 sharing her healing journey through ovarian cancer. In these 11 minutes, she takes her audience into the painful and powerful transformative experience she had and how she used the arts to amplify her resilience.

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Beyond diagnosis and statistics,
There is a life force longing to be triumphant.
We focus our gaze on that current,
And allow grace and the tenacity of our beings to keep orienting us towards life.
We tend a fire within that is far more powerful than the burn of chemotherapy
One that is warmed by the love of community and family.
Your prayers do matter.
We ignite one another’s resilience.
We do not let our minds wander.
We are far too aware that there are women around the world that have no access to healthcare of any kind
We cherish every day while we continue to get our affairs in order.
We do not waste our time.
We simply keep dancing!

~ A poem by Melissa Michaels

Cancer Healing Bibliography

(Work in progress)

Alschuler, L. and Gazella, K. (2010). The definitive guide to cancer: An integrative approach to prevention, treatment, and healing. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts.

Alschuler, L. and Gazella, K. (2013). The definitive guide to thriving after cancer: A five-step integrative plan to reduce the risk of recurrence and build lifelong health. New York, NY: Ten Speed Press.

Block, K. I. (2009). Life over cancer: The Block Center program for integrative cancer treatment. New York, NY: Bantam Dell.

Christofferson, T. (2017). Tripping over the truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer is overturning one of medicine’s most entrenched paradigms. White River Junction, NY: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Connealy, L. E. (2017). The cancer revolution: A groundbreaking program to reverse and prevent cancer. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press.

Eldridge, L. and Borgeson, D. (2007). Avoiding cancer one day at a time: Practical advice for preventing cancer. Edina, MN: Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc.

Guntupalli, S. R. and Karinch, M. (2017). Sex and cancer: Intimacy, romance, and love after diagnosis and treatment. London, England: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Rossman, M. L. (2003). Fighting cancer from within: How to use the power of your mind for healing. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Servan – Schreiber, D. (2009). Anticancer: A new way of life. London, England: Viking.

Turner, K. A. (2014). Radical remission: Surviving cancer against all odds. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Vasilev, S. (2017). Cancer cureology: Integrative, natural, anti-cancer answers, the science and the truth. Washington, D.C.: Doctor Book Publishing.

Winters, N. and Kelley, J. H. (2017). The metabolic approach to cancer: Integrating deep nutrition, the Ketogenic diet, and nontoxic bio-individualized therapies. White River Junction, VT: Green Publishing.

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