A Little Slice of Heaven

| March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Dur­ing this past year I met an incred­i­ble woman, Daphne D. Evans.  She is CEO and founder of Heaven’s Door Can­cer Foun­da­tion, a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion out of San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia.  Recently, I asked Daphne how this foun­da­tion came to be.  Here is her story.

In 2005, Daphne was diag­nosed with breast can­cer and under­went a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy.  “The next day, I knew I couldn’t cry for­ever and decided to go for a gen­tle mas­sage (with doctor’s per­mis­sion). It felt so great and made me feel so ‘nor­mal’ that I went back every day for a week. This was when I decided to help other girls. That they would never be alone in this and that I would pam­per them as I would myself.”

Daphne espouses how impor­tant it is to nur­ture our­selves and to invest in self-care.  When we are diag­nosed with breast can­cer, we tend to put all our energy into erad­i­cat­ing the dis­ease.   What if we invested in our­selves first?  What if we treated our­selves to a monthly massage?

Rid­ding our body of dis­ease is cru­cial.  Once the words “You have breast can­cer” set­tle in, we work like mad dogs to have it removed.    From a sci­en­tific per­spec­tive, this is log­i­cal and nec­es­sary.  Yet, remov­ing the dis­ease does not auto­mat­i­cally restore our bal­ance.  We have to work at that.

 Heaven’s Door Can­cer Foun­da­tion is a well­ness spa treat­ment and advo­cacy pro­gram for women with can­cer and advanced life threat­en­ing ill­nesses.   “To show them that our beauty is not defined by what we have lost, but who we are and the strength we have gained in the process. And this was the start of Heaven’s Door.”   Daphne Evans says “most of the women we take care of are breast can­cer ladies.”  

Many women have ben­e­fited from this foun­da­tion nation­wide.  As Heaven’s Door grows, so does their out­reach.  They have touched the lives of oth­ers in a pro­found and pos­i­tive way.  For more infor­ma­tion on Heaven’s Door, please check out their site, http://www.heavensdooropen.com/.

As I was writ­ing this arti­cle, I decided to go ahead and treat myself to a hot stone mas­sage tomor­row.  Breast can­cer takes from us; self-love through self-care is a way we can restore balance.

 

Category: Breast Cancer Wellness

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  1. Okay Wendy … now you moti­vated ME to do some self-pampering too! YAY!

    Good words for us all … and a big WOW to Daphne for doing all the hard work of FUNDRAISING for such a cause that MANY peo­ple would not even “log­i­cally” understand!

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