Letter From The Editor – June 2019

It’s THAT time.  Time to put away the school supplies, lunch boxes, and spring sweaters.  It’s time for that laid-back time of the year called SUMMER!  Pools, oceans, lakes, and beaches. Frosty beverages and frozen

It’s THAT time.  Time to put away the school supplies, lunch boxes, and spring sweaters.  It’s time for that laid-back time of the year called SUMMER!  Pools, oceans, lakes, and beaches. Frosty beverages and frozen treats.  Road trips and trips across the ocean.  It’s here!

Did you know that June is National Cancer Survivor Month? Going back to our roots, Women Survivors Alliance, the parent organization of New Focus Daily, was founded on women cancer survivors as a means of making a difference in the lives of women across the world – and their families, friends, and networks of important people who are indeed co-survivors – by empowering, educating, and inspiring.  New Focus Daily is still all about survivorship and making the most of the days we have on this planet, though our definition of “survivorship” has expanded beyond cancer.  How many challenges does life throw at us that we ALL must survive? Survivorship comes in many flavors, just like all of those treats you see in the ice cream aisle.   So many of us are survivors of some of the most challenges circumstances you can imagine. And you’ll hear some of those stories through our Untold features.  If you’re not familiar with Untold, you must take a peek here: Untold :  A Global Storytelling Project .  Stories of courage, inspiration, and triumph from individuals who have been through life-changing events – not all cancer, but all life-changing, and that have created SURVIVORS.    Kudos to those who are ready to share their experiences sure to inspire those of us out there who have our own struggles and challenges.

And if you are curious about National Cancer Survivor’s Day, I’ll tell you about that, too. According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration, “National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on the first Sunday every June. It is the one day each year that people around the world come together to recognize the cancer survivors in their community, to raise awareness of the challenges these survivors face, and, most importantly, to celebrate life.” According to the Foundation, “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.”

We all know someone who has been touched by cancer. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation encourages everyone to participate in their community’s events and activities. If you aren’t sure what is going on in your area, ask your local cancer treatment center, hospital, or American Cancer Society office. You can host an event of your own using the resources available through the National Cancer Survivors Day® website, ncsd.org.

Also look for some fun this month in our featured stories, including some cool and tasty summer recipes.  After all, isn’t that what summer is all about – fun?   ENJOY the long, lazy days ahead and celebrate SURVIVORSHIP. Whatever flavor that might be.

 Be Focused, Be Inspired – It’s a New Day!

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#NFDstrong #WSAstrong #Survivorstrong #Untold #Stuffedwithlove #SurvivorCollection

 

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.