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Lillian Michelson Julien

After the sudden passing of her daughter Michelle, Lily Julien became more spiritual in a quest to find comprehension of her unimaginable loss. In a dream her daughter spoke to her and said, "I am okay mommy, you are the ones who are not okay, and you need to help each other.” Lily says that at home her two other children, Greer and Spencer, who were young teenagers at the time of the accident, would go out into a world where no one could understand what they had been through. She awoke from that dream with a vision of a place where parents and siblings were coming together for emotional support through alternative healing, using yoga, meditation, reiki, music, and...

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Melissa Berry

At age 32 Melissa tested positive for the BRCA gene. She wasn’t surprised, as there was a history of breast cancer in her family. Melissa always tries to see the silver lining in even the most challenging situations. In this case, she and her oncologist agreed that knowledge was power; her BRCA gene status would now become the road map to her health. She was closely observed and was diligent about making sure she got her mammograms, MRI’s and clinical exams on a regular basis. When Melissa was 42, she made her annual mammogram appointment. This was an unusual one for her because the clinician discovered a very small (but suspicious) lump right away. They weren’t sure what it was,...

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