Wings of Angels

My name is Linda Fisher, and the idea for my Gift Baskets came to me after undergoing a double mastectomy in January 2003.

Wings of Angels ( has beautifully designed baskets for the recovering breast cancer surgery patient -- easing discomfort and to help calm the spirit, relieve stress and anxiety.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Cancer Survivors - Making a Difference

I'm inspired by other Cancer Survivors - looking to make a difference through their experiences.  My Tender Talk basket is based on the love and help that two very special ladies have shared.  Ellen McVicker wrote Butterfly Kisses and Wishes On Wings for her cousin Nanci Hersh's children - to help explain Nanci's cancer to them.  Several years later, Nanci did the beautiful illustrations to the text and the book was born!

As Relay for Life events are ramping up here in the Lancaster PA area, we'll see lots of local survivor inspirations - some because of the positive things they've done as a result of the experience, and some from the way they've battled and shared their cancer experience. 

If you want to see inspiration for fun in the cancer experience (yes, I mean crazy times!), check out the May 2011  Lancaster Relay for Life newsletter.  Along with the fun events scheduled for 2011, is a pic of the 2010 "Miss Relay" contestants.  What a riot!  So, getting ready for Relay - making raffle baskets, etc.  Hope to see you there.  :-)



Friday, April 15, 2011

Speaking Engagements - Nervous, but a good thing.

It was so nice when WGAL interviewed me and did the piece.  My preparation required cleaning my house rather than figuring out exactly what to say. 

That's me (Linda) on the a Lancaster area Rotary function

I've been doing speaking engagements, on topics near and dear to my heart, such as cancer recovery issues.  Sure makes me plenty nervous!, but it's a good way to reach out in our community about cancer survivorship issues while working on my public speaking.  Here I'm with Kathy Spence of Home Helpers in Willow Street.  There must be a better term to explain thriving through cancer recovery, since being labeled as a "survivor" has its positive and negative connotations, especially for those who haven't personally been closely touched by the experience.

It's also fun to do things like breast cancer events.  Not only do I get the "oohs" and "aahs" on my baskets, but it's wonderful to see what everyone else is doing.  For example, at Empowered by Pink,  there was a survivor that made stylish and beautiful head coverings.   Fills a true need for cancer patients, but were just stunning for anyone to wear!...they were that good.

Spring is here!, and so soon is the Lancaster area Relay for Life, held at Conestoga High School on starting Friday, June 10 and finishing up on Saturday, June 11.  Less than two months until Relay for Life.  Time is sure moving along fast.  I've got a couple of baskets being raffled off by Relay teams as fundraisers; it's sure nice to help in that way.  Makes money for American Cancer Society, and brings joy to the basket winner.  :-)



Monday, April 4, 2011

No Joke: Humor Therapy Helps Cancer Patients Heal

I came across this news story and just loved it!:  No Joke: Humor Therapy Helps Cancer Patients Heal

It talks about a hospital with "monthly "Strength Through Laughter" therapy. It is one of several types of laughter or humor therapy being offered by medical facilities around the country for patients diagnosed with cancer or other chronic diseases.

The programs feature joke sessions, clown appearances and funny movies...

One of the challenges of being diagnosed with cancer is preserving your dignity ... when we tell you to put on a gown where the back half is missing and everyone's examining you and asking about bodily functions," said Dr. Richard Wender, former president of the American Cancer Society and the hospital's chief of family medicine.

The clown volunteers, he said, create a sense of comfort that helps narrow the "interpersonal gap" between patient and medical staff."

I'm sure the camaraderie among the cancer survivors in the laughter program helps, too.  Isn't it amazing the instant bond among cancer survivors and caregivers?  All the traditional "polite" getting to know you stuff falls away, and you immediately get to the very soul of things.  Very healing...

I'm continuing to exercise after my surgery - and loving it!