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Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – Growing Through the Narrow Spots with Ruth Bachman

Mary is on vacation so please enjoy this program from our show archives.

Cancer survivor/advocate, educator, author and national speaker Ruth Bachman discusses her new book, Growing Through the Narrow Spots. Her message is based on a life with numerous “narrow spots.” Using an hour glass as a metaphor, if cancer or another crisis is the narrow spot, then she is like the sand, traveling through and ending up on the other side in a different arrangement. One of the most significant narrow spot experiences was losing her 36 year old sister to cancer several years ago. In 2003, Ruth’s own journey with cancer began when she was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma and her dominant left hand and wrist had to be amputated. However the most difficult narrow spot for Ruth and her family were the conditions surrounding the birth of her first granddaughter, who now lives with various physical challenges with inspiring resilience and grace.

The challenges in Ruth’s life have enabled her to become more intentional and aware of the grace of God that has held her up during all the narrow spots. She says her strong faith has “cushioned my fall through the narrow spots” It doesn’t take them away, but faith helps us to be all we can be. Tough times, including suffering, is the ignition for transformation. Humor also helps!
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