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Music & Motion

Ready? Set. Dance! My heart speeds up whenever I hear music. Whether it’s a popular song on the radio, an acoustic guitar player at a café, or the raucous made-up songs my husband belts our while cooking dinner…the beat, the rhythms, and the melodies instantly makes my heart lighten up and my soul come alive! […]

Following Happiness

First comes love…then comes marriage…then comes a baby in a carriage! That phrase loops in my head as I look at my work calendar. Engagement session here, wedding there, newborn session later. It really is a continuous cycle of excitement! As a photographer I have the wondrous opportunity to capture the story of families. I […]

The best horrible thing to happen to me.

March is my Cancer Anniversary month.  March puts me in a funk.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer thirteen years ago.  It may seem ridiculous that it took me that long to realize why I hate March. Most of the year I don’t spend much time thinking about it.  I have moved on. I am […]

Sandy Burgner, Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been an active part of Sandy’s life for the past 13 years.  In years past, as a stay at home mom, she initially found yoga on PBS with “Lilias, Yoga and You” programs.  Currently, she is a certified, registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She received specialized yoga instruction from Exclusive Yoga in […]

The Side Effect Tango

“I have attended a few events at Wellness Within and I admire the work you do. I’m currently getting chemotherapy, and the side effects are tough to take, as I’m sure you know… I’m experiencing some recovery (especially from the cancer). One area of recovery has been in my creativity.” The Side Effect Tango Sometimes […]

Jaymie ‘Pyxie’ Smith

We can’t stop squirming in our chairs with excitement; Jaymie ‘Pyxie’ Smith has joined our staff in the Expressive Arts department! Pxyie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and has kicked cancer in the tush with the same gusto that she puts into her work. Always looking for the positive side in everything, she […]

What a wonderful world

Ever since I was a little girl I longed for the world to be just like Louis Armstrong’s lyrics, seeing the colors of the world so vividly, watching the smiling faces of those passing by, seeing love all around and feeling the pure joy of what a wonderful world we live in. To the contrary […]

Lightning in a Bottle

While I was in treatment, I often turned to writing. It can be a confidante, a release, a way of capturing that “lighting in a bottle” emotion that can envelope you as you sit and reflect on your path. The poem below was composed on a trip I took to Tahoe right after I completed […]

Wisdom Givers

A year ago today as I took a walk on the morning of my 26th birthday, thoughts raced through my mind worried about what the future had in store. One surgery done, radiation still flowing in my veins, my body and spirit feeling broken. This birthday was different than any other, not only within myself, […]

Feb 13 2013: Five Years Out and Down the Road

By Lisa Morgan As I drove to a meeting today, I spotted the silver and glass Kaiser Facility on Expo Blvd and was quickly transported back five years ago to the day, when I met with my first (and only) surgeon to discuss my inevitable surgery. I did not know at the time it would […]