Letter from The Editor – The Season of Giving

Welcome to New Focus Daily and MY most FAVORITE month of the year! I have a radio station I stayed tuned to the day after Thanksgiving because that’s when they begin to play seasonal music

Welcome to New Focus Daily and MY most FAVORITE month of the year! I have a radio station I stayed tuned to the day after Thanksgiving because that’s when they begin to play seasonal music 24/7. I’m one of those that just goes above-and-beyond with everything holiday and I love all the festivities – and I love that it is a time for giving. A cheerful and festive “welcome” to our New Focus Daily readers, both those who have been with us for a while as well as newcomers. Year-round we seek to “give back” to our readers through the inspirational and educational features published in the magazine and hope that we have touched your lives in a positive way.

While this month is all about friends, family, and celebration and a season for giving, love, joy, peace, it sometimes it can be a time of sadness and a time of great need for others. My wish for all our readers is that this be a wonderful holiday season filled with fun, love, and joy, and for comfort and peace to those who need it. Sometimes the holidays can be very difficult for many and for a variety of reasons. Our best wishes for peace to all this season, and that the spirit of giving be awoken in those of us in a position to give to those in need. I challenge each of our readers to find someone this season who needs a gift of giving – it doesn’t have to be a tangible, physical “gift,” it may be the gift of time, the gift of your presence, or the gift of prayer and support. Find someone that needs extra love this year and GIVE in whatever way is needed. There is nothing like GIVING to make the giver receive back ten-fold. If you’ve done this, you know what I mean!

What would this month be without recipes – including a festive Christmas Cocktail -and decorating ideas? We’ll have that along with a special holiday message from Miss Jessica Meyer, more on the Stuffed with Love Project- a project that truly “gives” to those in need- and lots more including a really special feature I am co-authoring with Women Survivor’s Alliance founder Karen Shayne as we hit the Big Apple RIGHT during holiday season. All of this and MORE in this month’s New Focus Daily!

It really IS gift-giving time again and we have a great solution for all of you who hate to hit the malls, and is a gift that “gives back.” One of the many exciting things WSA offers is the Survivor Collection line of jewelry. Visit the WSA website – www.womensurvivorsalliance.org – to see the jewelry in this amazing collection. What a great way to recognize a survivor or your own cancer journey than by buying a piece of this beautiful and symbolic jewelry. Proceeds come back to the WSA to support cancer survivor activities and programs including New Focus Daily magazine. We have run several features in the magazine that share the history of this awesome jewelry including an interview with Sue Paist, who along with her husband John, create these amazing pieces. If you haven’t read these articles, they are worth a read! Just take a peek in our archives and you will find them or give us a shout if you need help.

Remember to “like” us on Facebook (Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily) and follow us on Twitter (@WomenSurvivors, @NFDsurvivorsmag) so you can see our updates and keep up with all of the many, many happenings.
Wishing all of our NFD readers a wonderful holiday and “season of giving.”

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

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

Christmas is doing a little extra something for someone.
— Chares M. Schultz

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education 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 degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director 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. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

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 the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.