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 April 2, 2018: The Hope and Healing In Spring

          “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. ”                                —Rainer Maria Rilke According to the … Continue reading

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For the Week of March 26, 2018: About Friends and Friendship

Dear Readers, This week’s prompt is a “reprint” of the article written last week for my bi-monthly column featured in the current issue of Cancer Knowledge Network, an online resource published by MultiMed Inc.  I’ve included it as this week’s … Continue reading

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For the Week of March 19, 2018: Learning to Survive…Again

“And I grew strong and I learned how to get along… I will survive” (from “I Will Survive,” sung by Gloria Gaynor, lyrics by written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris) I’ve been learning, once again, to dance.  It hasn’t … Continue reading

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For the Week of March 12, 2018: Writing the Experience of the Body

When we see our suffering as story, we are saved.–Anais Nin As happens with every “Writing Through Cancer” program I lead at various cancer centers and support organizations, the weeks fly by and before I know it, I’m preparing for … Continue reading

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For the Week of March 5, 2018: Sleepless Nights

But it’s really fear you want to talk about and cannot find the words so you jeer at yourself  you call yourself a coward you wake at 2 a.m. thinking failure, fool, unable to sleep, unable to sleep… (From: “Insomnia,” … Continue reading

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For the Week of February 26, 2018: What’s So Funny About Cancer?

What’s so funny about cancer?  A lot, it turns out.  At least, more than a few comedians and others have taught us that there’s laughter to be found in the face of cancer.  One of the most famous was Gilda … Continue reading

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For the Week of February 19, 2018: Making Time for Life

This is not a dress rehearsal…today is the only guarantee that you get… think of life as a terminal illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.–Anna Quindlen For … Continue reading

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