Author Archives: Sue Cochrane

Kintsugi: The Golden Joinery of Love—An ancient Japanese art shows how to heal a broken life

    I was surprised and honored to be invited as a keynote speaker last month in Atlanta for an innovative national health care organization. A few years ago, my brother introduced me to his friend, the CEO of this … Continue reading

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Can This Be Okay?

A special message to all the dear people that have signed up to follow my blog, and wrote me kind messages:   I have been posting mainly health updates for the past two years on caringbridge.org, but you and my … Continue reading

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Kindness in the Court?

  We may have gotten one step closer thanks to Fetzer Institute. They chose to feature an excerpt of an article I wrote called, “Five Ways to Put a Heart into The Body of Family Law” on their internationally acclaimed … Continue reading

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Finding Our Place

I traveled to a remote spot on the Pacific shore in northern California for a week-long Commonweal Cancer Help Retreat in 2005. I wasn’t five years out yet from treatment for triple negative breast cancer—chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Recurrence rates … Continue reading

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Mayo or MoMA?

The early morning fog engulfed my car as I came around a curve on the river-bluff highway one hour into the trip. I braked and crept along, afraid I would crash into a car ahead of me or be hit … Continue reading

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Cats, Cancer and the Kindness of a Stranger

  No Ordinary Trip This past June I drove a van packed with teenagers up north, to a lake resort we have enjoyed for years—Northern Pine Lodge on Potato Lake, in Park Rapids, Minnesota. It is about a 4-hour drive … Continue reading

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Stage 5 Cancer

  Never heard of Stage Five Cancer? That’s not surprising. I made it up! When you hear a diagnosis of Stage Four cancer and are told it is terminal, it seems like The End, right there and then. But in … Continue reading

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Say Amen, Somebody

“Jesus Dropped the Charges” is one of my all-time favorite songs, featured in a moving and joyful documentary about gospel music called “Say Amen, Somebody.” To me, this is not just a song, it is a healing experience. “Say Amen … Continue reading

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Meeting Raymond Carver

I fell in love with Raymond Carver’s poems and short stories during the 1980’s, just as people fall in love with each other. His words are woven into that decade of my life, a challenging time where I found sobriety … Continue reading

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Divine Mother

It all came down to this. Lying in bed with the phone, having paid a ridiculous sum for a Divine Mother Distant Healing Session.   She had of course told no one. The ad said the healer could invoke Divine Mother, … Continue reading

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