GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - "Don't just go through, grow through the narrow spots."
These words are part of the thread that author Ruth Bachman shares with readers in her new book, "Growing Though the Narrow Spots."
Ruth is a cancer survivor and she brings a timeless message about the one constant in life- change.
"If cancer is the narrow spot in an hourglass and I am the sand, then I have traveled from the top through that tight spot to the bottom, the same sand, but with a different arrangement. When you go through that narrow spot, your sand is refined and redefined, sifting out interior resources not previously noticed and/or called upon. Life is full of narrow spots, not all labeled cancer. However, cancer is the narrow spot that has given me the opportunity to look at life with a different perspective, not once, but twice. It informs the way I choose to live life every day." - Ruth Bachman
A Minnesota native, Ruth has served as a kindergarten teacher, children's choir director, aerobics instructor, international travel guide and volunteer coordinator. Ruth has been speaking to the public for over 25 years which has included work with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
However, it was her 2003 encounter with a life-changing cancer diagnosis that lead Ruth to her current role - that of an advocate for integrative care for cancer survivors and a role model for managing change whole-heartedly; with resilience, courage, and grace.
Ruth joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to share her stories and why she chose to write her book.
For more information about the book, Ruth or The Hourglass Fund Project, head to Ruth Bachman.
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