Health & Wellness

Express Yourself

Express YourselfOver the course of my life and newspaper career, writing has always been the one go-to thing that’s always there when I reach for it. It’s my comforter, my weapon, my friend in need.

So I came up with the idea of a seminar for my fellow cancer patients and caregivers who are living life face-to-face with this disease. Because so much goes unsaid. And there is so much to say.

Cancer, for better or worse, opens doors to feelings you didn’t know you had, or don’t know how to express. These are the hidden emotions we deal with every day since our diagnosis.

These are the places we want to go, and writing is the key that opens the door.

In three 90-minute, lunch-time sessions on Sept. 8, 10 and 12, (we supply lunch), we’ll find the writer that hides behind the mask you wear each day. We’ll find that voice that longs to be heard, the one only you know about.

So please, give it a try. It will take a little courage, a sense of humor and some empathy. And, who knows, you might learn something about yourself you never knew.

Fortunately, my wife Bonnie agreed to help with this endeavor. She is, after all, a real teacher, having taught writing at the College of Charleston.

After our first session in June, the eight participants all rated it excellent and worthwhile. We laughed. We cried. We became friends. Which is why we limit each session to 10 people.

So please join us in September at the Roper St. Francis Cancer Center at Bon Secours St. Francis if you’d like to unlock that door.   

To register, call Jody McCrain at 843-958-2573.

By: Ken Burger, former Post and Courier sports columnist and local author. Reach Ken at

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