Pat Wins an Emmy Award for her documentary The Cancer Dancer and dedicates her award to all survivors and her Link of Hope Sistas: Pat’s Acceptance Speech at Emmy Awards
Welcome Beautiful People,
I write this with joy and love in my heart, as I celebrate 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis.
I continue to dance through my life, as I did, when I was diagnosed.
I started videotaping four hours after hearing the words, ‘You have cancer’ because I intuitively felt that I was meant to help others through my own dance with cancer. I was patient, talent, videographer, director and producer.
Through it all: a double mastectomy, seventeen sessions of chemotherapy (which I call Sacred Juice) and several reconstruction procedures, the camera never stopped rolling. Discovery Familia in the United States and Discovery Home & Health in Latin America aired the documentary during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. The video on this page is a 9 minute highlight reel of my journey.
I believe that everything happens for a reason, as cliche as that may sound. It’s kind of hard to swallow, I know, when what’s happening is painful and scary, like breast cancer was for me. Sure, it’s great to say that you will find blessings even in the midst of feeling crappy. In theory, that sounds great. However, in practice, when you’re overwhelmed by the problem(s)….not so easy.
I’m here to provide a bit of hope and insight on how to flip the switch to the positive side and how to find joy, even in the midst of turmoil. I believe that the mind, body and spirit are all interconnected…and when we care and cherish them all….healing and magic happens.
If you’ve been diagnosed, let’s use technology to bring us together. Reach out to me and my Link of Hope Sistas (beautiful and courageous women who have danced through cancer too). Turn to the Video Tips section of this website for useful information that can help you on your journey. Read tips for healers and other on the Pat’s Posse page. Explore.
My book, The Cancer Dancer is filled with more than 400 useful tips for you and your caregivers. It took me three years to compile the information for YOU! This is all about supporting one another.
It is my mission to use my journey to heal, inspire, empower, uplift and give hope to others. Thoughts can create our reality. Cancer does not equal death. It is merely another journey through which you can grow. Change your thoughts…and change your life. I went from being diagnosed with breast cancer (the same disease that took my young mom), to just winning an Emmy Award for a documentary based on my cancer journey called, The Cancer Dancer. Buddhists call this turning poison into medicine. I love that saying!
My dance with cancer brought me closer to peace than anything ever has. I am not the same person I was before my diagnosis and I am grateful for that. I now savor every moment of every day and make the time to have fun and play. I enjoy life and live with a deep sense of purpose: to give, serve and use what I’ve learned to make a difference in the lives of others.
We have choices in life. We can’t always control the events that take place – but we CAN control how we respond and what we do from that moment on.
Welcome to your online community. I hope this site, at the very least, gives you some inspiration and the desire to prove yourself more powerful than the opposing force. I hope you come back often and enjoy what you find on these pages.
Joy is the Choice!