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.

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Reminder to Readers:  As of May 1st, I am transitioning content from http://www.whenwordsheal.org, to my primary site, http://www.writingthroughcancer.com.  Please make a note of the change.  When Words Heal will no longer feature weekly posts after April 30, 2018. I hope you’ll continue to … Continue reading

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For April 30, 2018: The Necessity for Stillness

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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For the Week of April 23, 2018: The Importance of Story in Loss and Grief

Perhaps it was Barbara Bush’s funeral that triggered the conversation my husband and I shared over lunch yesterday.  It wasn’t the former U.S. First Lady we talked about, but rather the loss we all suffer when family, friends, family or … Continue reading

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Reminder to Readers:  As of May 1st, I am transitioning content from http://www.whenwordsheal.org, to my primary site, http://www.writingthroughcancer.com.  Please make a note of the change.  I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the blog posts by accessing them on http://www.writingthroughcancer.com (.ca).–  … Continue reading

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For the Week of April 16, 2018: Practicing a Spirit of Gratitude

i thank You God for most this amazing day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes… (From:  “i thank You God for … Continue reading

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For the Week of April 9, 2018: “Who We Were; Who We Have Become”

Why should we travel back, who’ve come so far—  We know who we are.   How can we be the same  As those quaint ancestors we have left behind, who share our name—  (From:  “Written on the eve of my 20th … Continue reading

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A note to readers from Sharon

Dear Readers, I am going to be closing the ‘”When Words Heal” blog site on May 4th, 2018.  The same content is posted and will continue to be posted on my other site, “www.writingthroughcancer.com (or .ca) as usual.  Please note … Continue reading

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