When Giving Is All We Have

One river gives
Its journey to the

We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.
We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—
Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:
Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.
You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me
What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made
Something greater from the difference.

Copyright © 2014 by Alberto Ríos. Used with permission of the author.

A Book Reading and Benefit for The Women’s Cancer Resource Center

Friday, November 30, 6-8pm   Women’s Cancer Resource Center

“The end of cancer treatment is only the beginning of the story of cancer survivorship … The healing relationship cannot be quantified because we are not in relationship with a statistic. It is not possible to measure the distress of the human heart by using a mathematical formula … this book is about the healing power of relationship for both patient and practitioner as they negotiate the complex world of cancer survivorship.”     excerpts from Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care by Cheryl Krauter, MFT

Please join me at the Women’s  Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley, California for an evening of conversation about the importance of wholehearted healthcare for cancer survivors and all oncology professionals.  I will be joined by three amazing professionals, Meridithe Mendelsohn, Cheryl Jones, and Dianne Shumay, and together we will share our knowledge, our experience, and our concerns in the spirit of opening up a lively dialogue,

Wine (and other beverages) and Appetizers  ~~ Raffle

Donations of any Size Gratefully Accepted

Below are two links to this event.  Please RSVP – thank you and hope to see you there!


If you can’t attend, you may still donate on Giving Tuesday by clicking on the link below.