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Permission to Heal: Practical loving ways to heal through chronic illness

Clinical Information

Retreats and Projects

  • Commonweal
    An integrated healing retreat for people with cancer. Program includes daily group support sessions led by a psychotherapist, massage, yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, imagery work, symbolic learning through sand-tray, poetry, exploration of sacred space, and a gourmet vegetarian diet. Located in Bolinas, California
  • Ceres Community Project
    The Ceres Community Project works to restore locally-grown, organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health for people, communities and the planet. They prepare beautiful, delicious and organic meals for individuals and families facing cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
  • Nancy’s List
    Nancy’s List is a grassroots effort committed to significantly improving the lives of the many people in our community who are living with cancer and those who love and care for them.

Other Resources


  • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
    The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical and efficient manner.

Blog Posts

"The Empowered Patient"

Years ago, soon after finishing medical school, I developed a persistent ache in my upper abdomen. I worried that I had developed a stomach ulcer and sought the help of a gastroenterologist. He took my family medical history, and I dutifully reported…..

“But you look so good!”

If you type in these words into any search engine, you will find that this frequent exclamation makes people with chronic illness positively simmer! It all starts with the word “But”.