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October 18, 2004

18 Oct
This month is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we’re honoring this with our special, Pink Ribbon Pack where we are not only discounting items more than usual, but contributing a percentage of what we earn..
Last week, I was lucky enough to attend and speak at The World Burn Congress, an annual event sponsored by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, UNC Medical Center and the fire departments of Raleigh and Durham. It was an extraordinary meeting, filled with 600 participants’ open-hearted, joyful delight to be together once again, and heartfelt support, tools, advice and encouragement for each other.

There were talks and groups on how to handle teasing and stares in public; job searches; makeup tips; relationships and families; and of course, posttraumatic stress (my topic). Laughter and hugs were ubiquitous, in spite of the fact that several attendees had no hands or arms to hug with.

Attendees were transported hither and yon in fire trucks (honking noisily to beat the band) whenever possible, and the local fire depts and EMT squads lined up and stood at attention as participants entered various receptions and events planned for them. Saturday night was the “Prom” and people put on their most exotic and formal duds and danced the night away (including in their wheelchairs).

I’m told that people save up the whole year long, just to be able to come to this, and I can certainly see why. Everyone is welcomed with open arms, including non-burn survivors.

I was so moved by what I saw, and the people that I met, that I plan to become a member and contribute in whatever ways I can. And after meeting hundreds of these courageous burn survivors, I’ve sworn to myself, I’ll never whine again. Let’s see how long I can stick to that!

This month is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we’re honoring this with our special, Pink Ribbon Pack where we are not only discounting items more than usual, but contributing a percentage of what these packs earn to a prominent breast cancer organization that must remain nameless (their rules, not ours).

In addition, we have 3 catalog pages worth of special discounts online now, from various promotions currently happening. So do check our Special Offers page and, if you have time, check out all the new resources we’ve added since the last time you looked, over at our New Products page!

This coming weekend, I look forward to seeing many of you in East Brunswick, NJ, where The Conferenceworks! will be presenting our new workshop: Breakthroughs in Healing Trauma: Success Through Guided Imagery and the New Therapies, at the Hilton East Brunswick on October 23-24. If you want to come, call The Conferenceworks at 888-517-7089 or click on http://www.conferenceworks.com/speaker_bnapa_trauma.cfm . There are work-study scholarships available, too.

The following week, I’ll be on the West Coast, first in San Diego and then at the big Academy for Guided Imagery Conference in Asilomar. You can find these events and more on our Calendar page at http://www.healthjourneys.com/events.asp .

OK, that’s it for now.
Take care and be well!



Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award