We delve into women’s wellness with an interview with actress and author Laura Prepon, who tells how she has adopted a healthier lifestyle. We’ve included some great articles addressing how women can optimize breast health and fend off breast cancer, and also hear Sandy Messionnier’s story. Messionnier blended conventional and complementary treatments to ultimately survive her battle with breast cancer.
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a subject which has deeply affected the Natural Awakenings team. Karen Adams, our editor, lost her husband, Ed McGrath, to brain cancer earlier this year. Now my mother, Karen Garland, who has served as the magazine’s graphic designer and my all-around, indispensable partner-in-crime, was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
In honor of our loved ones and others suffering from all types of cancers, we’ve interviewed local practitioners of complementary and alternative cancer care for our Community Spotlight this month.
We’ve also compiled some great information about natural birth options for moms-to-be, and I found out I’m in the 1 percent (no, not that 1 percent). Statistics show that fewer than 1 percent of births happen outside a hospital, and I had two of my three sons at home with a certified nurse midwife and a doula. I can attest that I’m glad to be in that minority because those were the two most peaceful and moving experiences of my life.
Speaking of babies, I recently attended the Great Cloth Diaper Exchange and Natural Parenting Fair in Roanoke, and met some wonderful doulas and midwives and all sorts of other folks who support healthy and holistic birth and parenting. Look for more information on this and other natural parenting resources in our August “Parenting with Presence” issue.
One of the most valuable lessons that birth and death can teach us is that every moment of our lives is precious and worth celebrating. Fortunately, we have a season of beautiful weather and fun, exciting events ahead to help us get out there and celebrate life with our community, friends and family. So, please check out our calendar of events and start making some plans!