Letter From The Editor – October 2019

Welcome, October! While it is still unseasonably warm in Nashville, I can’t help but feel excitement that October is finally here and that the journey into fall will soon start to feel real.  Fall is

Welcome, October! While it is still unseasonably warm in Nashville, I can’t help but feel excitement that October is finally here and that the journey into fall will soon start to feel real.  Fall is my favorite season and October is on my list of “top two” favorite months, with the other soon upon us as well (hint, hint 😊).    Comfy sweaters, brilliant-colored leaves, hot beverages, pumpkin patches, and more.   I absolutely love all the changes that come with fall and the opportunity that it presents each of us to look at ourselves and our own lives to take a look at things we may want or need to change, big or small.

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This month, we will continue to feature inspirational Untold features which not only inspire, but demonstrate the amazing human spirit as “everyday” people like you and me deal with change and adversity and come out of it strong, like the warriors that they are.  The great recipes will keep coming, as we have heard loud and clear that our readers love food and recipes – and who doesn’t, right?!  We will have a feature on breast cancer awareness as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’ll put the spotlight on Down’s Syndrome, domestic violence, and mental health, all recognized during the month of October with their own awareness weeks and days. We have a great “Women in Business” feature coming as well as something to spark your volunteer spirit from “reader favorite” contributor Cindy Small, who is in her own “change of seasons” going from full-time employee to retired volunteer.

 

What else do we have in store for you? Well, you’ll have to come back and see!  Let go of summer – finally – and enjoy the beginning of fall and the great content we’ll have this month.

 

As always, we hope you enjoy this month’s features and please let us know what you would like to see in future publications.

 

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 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 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. 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.