Author Archives: Sharon A. Bray, EdD

About Sharon A. Bray, EdD

Best known for her innovative work with cancer patients and survivors, Sharon is a writer, educator and author of two books on the benefits of expressive writing during cancer as well as personal essays, a children's book, magazine articles and the occasional poetry. She designed and initiated expressive writing programs at several major cancer centers, including Breast Cancer Connections, Stanford Cancer Center, Scripps Green Cancer Center and Moores UCSD Cancer Center. She continues to lead expressive writing groups for men and women living in the San Diego area and teach creative writing workshops and classes privately for UCLA extension Writers' Program. She previously taught professional development courses in therapeutic writing at Santa Clara University and the Pacific School of Religion, was a faculty member of the CURE Magazine Forums and at the Omega Institute in 2014. Sharon earned her doctorate from the University of Toronto and studied creative and transformative writing at Humber School for Writers, University of Washington, and Goddard College.

For the Week of December 11, 2017: Music: It’s Good Medicine

I think I should have no other mortal wants if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort when I am … Continue reading

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For the Week of December 4, 2017: Worry, Worry, Worry

My pants could maybe fall down when I dive off the diving board. My nose could maybe keep growing and never quit. Miss Brearly could ask me to spell words like stomach and special.          (Stumick and speshul?) (From:  … Continue reading

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For the Week of November 27, 2017: Embracing Winter’s Darkness

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. — Henry David Thoreau I have a habit of waking before dawn, a time when the house … Continue reading

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For the Week of November 20, 2017: Why We Need Our Stories

The world begins at a kitchen table.  No matter what, we must eat to live. The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table.  So it has been since creation, and it will go on… Thanksgiving, possibly … Continue reading

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For the Week of November 13, 2017: On Healing: Learning to Forgive

If someone is stuck in an angry state, what they’re essentially doing is being in a state of adrenaline. And some of the negative health consequences of not forgiving or being stuck there are high blood pressure, anxiety, depression,   not having … Continue reading

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For the Week of November 6, 2017: Cancer as a Journey

It’s a journey . . . that I propose . . . . . . I will be your fellow passenger . . . . . . we must provide our own guide-posts . . . . . . the … Continue reading

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For the Week of October 23, 2017: On Healing: Embracing the Quiet in Our Lives

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests … Continue reading

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