Love Letters to Our Bodies

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The Love Letters Project

Black women who are journeying with cancer meet in workshops where they share their experiences, explore themes related to how they experience their bodies, stories they tell themselves, how that has changed since their diagnosis, and how they engage in self-care. 

Workshop participants meditate, contemplate the mind/body/spirit connection, journal, and write Love Letters to their bodies. 

The workshop is offered in an energetic field created and supported by Reiki practitioners. 

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Reiki is one of the complementary therapies often offered as a part of integrative medicine.  It restores balance, promotes relaxation, and reduces stress and anxiety.

During contemplation, practitioners also share a sacred energy to  quiet the mind and open the heart. 

The sharing is courageous, raw and powerful, women leave reaffirming their commitment to self-acceptance and self-love.  The Love Letters are assembled into a booklet and read onto an audio file.

Why Women of Color Living with Cancer 

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Presented in Collaboration with 

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Funded by

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According to the American Cancer Society, the incidence of cancer (those who are diagnosed with the disease) in the United States is highest in African Americans. About 224,080 new cancer cases and 73,680 cancer deaths are expected to occur among Black people in 2022. Also, cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanic people, accounting for 20% of deaths.

 

People of color have poorer health outcomes with cancer.  For instance, statistics from the National Cancer Institute’s “Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program” reveal that:

  • Blacks/African Americans have higher death rates than all other racial/ethnic groups for many cancer types.

  • Despite having similar rates of breast cancer, Black/African American women are more likely than White women to die of the disease.

  • Hispanic/Latino and Black/African American women have higher rates of cervical cancer than women of other racial/ethnic groups, with Black/African American women having the highest rates of death from the disease.

 

The incidence of cancer (those who are diagnosed with the disease) in the United States is highest in African Americans.  We each can make a contribution to improving these statistics from understanding contributing factors, helping loved ones navigate their fears, trauma and suffering, providing comfort, researching and sharing helpful information, encouraging lifestyle changes and early medical care or participation in clinical trials. 

 

We all have extensive connections with African American women through personal networks. Someone’s mother, sister, aunt, daughter, wife, lover, or friend has cancer. Reach out through your personal networks to reach as many women as possible.  

The online Love Letters to Our Bodies workshops

will soon resume. To be notified of the next series, or to submit your Love Letter, click the image below and provide your contact information.