My guests on this weeks Holistic Health Show are: Kathleen O’Keefe Kavanos (left), Margaret Bermel (center) and Claire Petretti (right).
My first guest Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos was born to a military family, raised in Europe, graduated from Munich International High School in Germany, has a degree in Special Education from Keene Teacher’s College in Keene, NH, taught Special Education for 10 years and Psychology at the University of South Florida.
Kathleen is a two time breast cancer survivor and her first book is in press– SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Psychic Aspects of Healing. She is currently working on her second book, SURVIVING RECURRENCE in CANCERLAND: The Dream World and Healing.
Kathy is an inspirational speaker, phone counselor for R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation, and mentor for WE CAN- a self-help group. She contributes to Cape Women Online Magazine, Twitter’s C4Women, Colette Baron-Reid’s Intuition Now, Examiner.com and Nationally to TheGuidedPath, Examiner.com/Chicago-SelfAwareness-Examiner, Writer’s Digest Community, Scribblerati, guest contributor to author Carolyn Howard Johnson’s SHRING WITH WRITERS BLOG SPOT, NCCS cancerversaey.org, blogs, National Wellness Community Online Support blog and discussion groups, and Cancer Advocacy Now blog site.
She is a member of the International REIKI Association’s blog and website, ACOR (Association of Cancer Online Resources) blogger and web chat, NBCC (National Breast Cancer Coalition) journal and blogger, USA TODAY Community Blog, LinkedIn and is a volunteer for many cancer organizations and online groups.
Kathy is Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Executive Professional of the Year 2009-2010. More information is available at http;//www.survivingcancerland.com
My second guest, Margaret Bermel, lives on Long Island with her husband and cats. She graduated from Marywood University cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in music. She is an MBA with Distinction from Hofstra University, a 1st Degree Black Belt, and an avid golfer. She previously co-authored management articles published in scholarly journals, and was the co-recipient of the Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Journal “Distinguished Paper” award in 1985. She is the chief financial officer of a large county government department. She is an ordinary person who was called upon to do the extraordinary: overcome cancer and live to tell the story., Her story can be found in her book The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness.” More information can be found at: http://www.thecancerodyssey.com
Clair Petretti, my third guest completed Law School and after practicing law determining it wasn’t her cup of tea, She began practicing and teaching yoga in 1999. She wrote about yoga for Active.com and also set to film workouts for Exercise TV. At the same time, Claire was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer. Finally feeling like she had found her path, it was now all being torn away and she couldn’t film the TV spots due to treatments and surgery.
A yoga teacher and friend in Colorado inspired Claire to investigate Yoga For Cancer and she enroll in Prana Yoga Center teacher training in La Jolla to add the Yoga For Cancer Recovery credential. Upon completion of her classes, Claire partnered with Lululemon Carlsbad to launch a series of Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes that are now offered weekly at Haute Yoga Carlsbad.
In the summer of 2010, Claire was approached about partnering with the nonprofit organization, City of Hope to bring the inaugural Yoga for Hope event to San Diego
The Yoga For Hope event had already proved itself a huge success in San Francisco and Seattle so Claire signed on as San Diego’s event chair. She then worked with local development people to organize the event, bring together the instructors and rally the local yoga community to come together for this great cause. And they sure did! Yoga for Hope, San Diego sold out with a total of 500 participants that joined forces to synchronize downward dogs and sun salutations to raise funds for others with life-threatening diseases. Working with other local yoga gurus (Stacy McCarthy, Tim Miller, Michael Fukumura and Bonnie Saldivar-Jones) Claire and the Yoga For Hope team and participants raised over $80,000, when they were hoping for a mere $25,000.
Meanwhile, Claire joined with others and completed “Yoga For Cancer Recovery”, the DVD..Although very humble, Claire has become a bit of a local celebrity! On her website you can check out her recent media coverage and stay tuned for her near future book, which will be a compilation of her self-written cancer journal blog. Claire is sheer proof that anything worthwhile isn’t easy and that persistence truly does make dreams come true. Go to: http://www.oceansoulyoga.com