2017 Gratitude + Highlights!

Here I am on surgery day in 2015 with my brilliant oncologist Dr. Ilana Cass!

Here I am on surgery day in 2015 with my brilliant oncologist Dr. Ilana Cass!

When my surgeon told me I had Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer and described what I was going to go through in order to survive, I was shocked.

I burst into tears.

When she showed me what my new body would look like I told her, “I’d rather die.” She reminded me that I had three gorgeous kids to live for, and that was the first time I had hope that I could survive cancer.

I decided to fight. I chose to live, for me and my kids. Cancer would not control my destiny.

Since then I have been on a path of healing that you have had a major hand in supporting me with.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Every day when I wake up, I am GRATEFUL to be alive.  July 11, 2017 was my 2 year anniversary of my first cancer treatment. This day is now more important to me than my birthday – it’s the day I was given a second chance at life.

In 2017 I saw many of my dreams come true AND was joyfully surprised when I saw how many of my goals I was able to achieve:

  • I completed two new websites: One for my yoga/pilates studio, The Loft, and one for my Cancer Core Recovery Project non-profit foundation, coaching and products.

  • I took 3 Business and 2 Life Coaching courses this year and I’m on my way to building an online membership portal for cancer survivors and anyone who needs my help getting inspired and to move past blocks and barriers in their lives.

  • I always tell people cancer saved my life, and it all started with a life coaching program I did for myself. I’m now a Certified Live a New Life Story® and Wellness coach. I want to share what I learned to help heal others.

  • I’m rebranding my business to Em💙power Wellness. It fits since empower became my nickname during my cancer journey. Empower Wellness goes beyond physical exercise, it’s a mindset and I’m here to help inspire and empower others when they have fears that their bodies are broken. Exercise is the best medicine and I want to give back.

  • I was awarded the Women Entrepreneur of the Year in the Health category by The Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ in May 2017! Just goes to show that you can do anything you put your mind to; cancer was not going to control my life!

  • I completed my first book Cancer Core Recovery: A Survivor’s Guide, Learn How To Rehabilitate Your Body After Cancer, along with the companion exercise videos available online. (Phases 1 and 2 available. Phases 3-5 in editing and will be available soon.)

  • The Cancer Core Recovery Workout DVD, available in my online store.

  • I did my first weekend retreat for young, female cancer survivors. I loved every minute of it too! These young women inspired me so much!

  • I had two speaking engagements for charities close to my heart: The Organic Soup Kitchen and Queen of Hearts Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research.

I am forever grateful to you – I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for your enthusiasm and loving support.

Through my foundation Cancer Core Recovery Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, I provide cancer survivors with safe movement exercises that help them rebuild their bodies, alleviating the long term side effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  

Your donation makes a huge difference in the lives of cancer survivors.

Every dollar received goes to helping cancer survivors to recover and strengthen their bodies through our Cancer Core Recovery Project® movement, retreats and exercise programs.

My book Cancer Core Recovery: A Survivor’s Guide, Learn How To Rehabilitate Your Body After Cancer, along with the companion Cancer Core Recovery Workout DVD, is made available to cancer survivors through your donations and cancer organizations throughout the U.S.

Did you know that in 2017 alone 22,240 women have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer?

It is my mission to get my book in the hands of all of these women. And, I can do it with your help!

Click here for my end of year donor letter and donor card for all of the details and information you need to make a tax deductible donation to the Cancer Core Recovery Project.

You are welcome to send a check or make a PayPal donation by going to my online donation page, HERE.

Thank you for helping make 2017 one of the most memorable years of my life.

Thank you for believing in me because there were days I felt like giving up and didn’t believe in myself.

With so much love and deep bows of gratitude,

Emilee Garfield