Join us as we share our journey through; separation by adoption, being reunited after 30 years, being consecutively diagnosed with breast cancer and learning we both had the BRCA2 Gene. Our presentation will weave a story Hollywood could never contrive. With props, pictures and unedited bantering (not to mention our matching jeans) the audience won't have a choice but to go along for the ride.
Not all creatures that soar with their wings were born with them. The butterfly must undergo a profound transformational process to get wings. After Heidi's diagnosis of breast cancer, she had to go through her own metamorphosis. She shares the importance of embracing change using the butterfly as the model. Her rise and fall into renewal stirs the hearts of her audience to conceptualize their potential. With poetry, narrative and storytelling, you are taken on an unforgettable flight. "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly." (Proverb)
Through Heidi's Donate & Create Program, she demonstrates how one woman, one idea can be a catalyst for change. By taking pieces of unused jewelry, bobbles and buttons, Heidi has created a platform for fundraising, awareness and healing. Her art is a metaphor for how to pick up the pieces of our lives and rearrange them. She emphasizes how life is a mosaic of experiences and how our brokenness can be turned into something beautiful.
Heidi shares information about how to obtain the most out of your medical care. From knowing what time of day to make your appointment to how to make sure you are being heard. Her advice covers the spectrum of navigating through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. "You don’t want to be just another medical file, they need to know who you are!"
Survival is one thing and healing is another. To survive something difficult can leave you depleted and confused. Yet no matter what the circumstances, it is possible to create exceptional experiences. You can heal, love and feel deeply by discovering how to maximize the positive. You will learn concrete steps that exceptional survivors take that will inspire you to create your own path to wellness.
Challenges can leave us frozen in fear and uncertainty. Laughter can "break the ice" and allow joy to flow. Viewing life from a humorous standpoint can allow us to draw closer to ourselves and others. Heidi shares hilarious stories, props and suggestions on how to access your inner comedian no matter what the circumstances.