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 June 25, 2017: “You Gotta’ Have Friends”

A friend is someone who likes you. It can be a boy… It can be a girl… These are the opening pages to Joan Walsh Anglund’s beloved little book, A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, first published in 1958, one that … Continue reading

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For the Week of June 18, 2017: Remembering Fathers

He wasn’t hard on us kids,
never struck us… He used to sing in the car
 bought us root beers along the road.
 He loved us with his deeds. (From: “A Father’s Pain,” in A River Remains by Larry Smith) It’s … Continue reading

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For the Week of June 11, 2017: Two Words, Many Memories

“It’s a surprise,” Flora told me as we sat in her parents’ sunroom together. “Can I tell you?” I shook my head. “Oh please don’t tell me; I really, really want to be surprised.” “Well, can I just tell you … Continue reading

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For the Week of June 4, 2017: The Long Days of Waiting

I’ve been doing a lot of it, waiting, that is.  Since we made the decision to relocate several months ago, it’s seemed like “hurry up and wait.”  Four months ago, I began sorting through books and clothing, optimistic that we’d … Continue reading

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For the Week of May 28, 2017: The Loneliness of Being a Cancer Patient

Today I write about a subject that I don’t often speak of, nor even give into its darkness very often.  Today I am lonely.  I wonder how many of you who also have Stage IV cancer are lonely.  I can’t … Continue reading

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For the Week of May 21, 2017: Remembering Anniversaries

My husband and I will be celebrating another year of marriage this Sunday, a day after our anniversary date, since I’ll be returning home from Toronto. I managed, however, to surprise him by sending a bouquet of flowers through FTD … Continue reading

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For the Week of May 7, 2017: Lying Awake in the Night

Dear Readers, Our house went on the market this past week, and daily, my husband, our dog, and I vacate our home for a few hours to allow real estate agents to show the property to prospective buyers.  There’s no … Continue reading

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