Cher Franklin was the inspired teacher and healer other healers turned to in challenging times. An aggressive breast cancer, diagnosed in 2001, took her life April 18, 2003. This speech, given to health care practitioners in the spring before her passing, is testimony to the wisdom and deep healing she found on her journey.

Occupation: Psychotherapist, teacher, writer.
Age: 53

PETE H Pete's life of crime and addiction was healed through spirituality, love and compassionate service. By responding to fatal diseases with a spiritual program of recovery Pete has lived years beyond what doctors predicted. His faith, prayer and loving ways as a father and volunteer at the penitentiary sustains him daily.
Occupation: Home Improvement
Age: 50

Interviewed: January 12, 2002
Location: Phoenixville, PA
HEMITRA CRECRAFT Diagnosed with a fibroid tumor, Hemitra realized her healing needed both conventional and alternative medicine. Her story is rich with resources and shows the potency of combining spiritual, psychological, emotional, shamanic and surgical approaches.
Occupation: Educator
Age: 53

Interview: July 6, 2001, full moon
Location: Paoli, Pennsylvania
For 30 years Roger sought recovery from a "soul sickness" he first named as a Veteran’s Hospital patient. Through the support of caring men and Twelve Step programs he built a foundation for healing. As he helped others he discovered powerful, innovative resources for healing his own history of abuse and trauma.
Occupation: Counselor
Age: 50

Interview: November 20, 2000.
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Denise's healing centers around relationships and her life's work. Her writing and teaching in philosophy and spirituality were bridges to deeper ‘knowing’ through the upheavals of many changes including divorce, relocation and the mystery of love. Astrology, mysticism, nature and spiritual study support her ongoing healing.
Occupation: Philosopher and Writer
Age: 47

Interview: December 25, 2000.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Janet’s experience, on both sides of the Atlantic, speaks of the way cultural and family influences effected her healing. Full of remarkable turning points her story traces her growing faith as she created a new life through the challenges of divorce, addiction recovery, mothering, painting and expanding her life purpose.
Occupation: Artist
Age: 55

Interview: September 5, 2000.
Crickhowell, Wales, UK.


Marriage and mothering initiated Diana's healing into selfhood and came into full form through sculpting. Therapy and mentors were potent bridges of healing. A daily spiritual practice of writing, prayer and reading over the past 12 years has opened her to the creative richness of inner darkness.
Occupation: Artist
Age: 58

Interview: March 24, 2001

Philadelphia, PA

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