JULY 2015
Enjoying summer with my walking companion, Landis.

Hi Friends,

It is hard for me to believe that six months of 2015 have vanished. I have found that the older I get, the faster time seems to fly by! I've been busy, busy, busy packing for an upcoming move this summer and there never seem to be enough hours in the day. It is hard to believe how much you can accumulate in 32 years in a house.

I love fireworks, so this is always a great month for me. We have been experiencing sweltering heat here in Tampa, but will still stop the packing and enjoy the show as darkness falls on Independence Day.

Stay cool, stay healthy and find time to enjoy family and friends!

Hugs, Cindy

featured article |Fiercely Independent      
I love waiting for the sun to set on the Fourth of July and then watching the warm Florida skies light up with fireworks. On that day and evening, we Americans celebrate the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence which declared our independence from Great Britain and established our sovereign nation. From coast to coast, we bring out the bands, march in parades, set off fireworks and sparklers and indulge in barbeque to celebrate. Americans value their hard won independence and freedom to think and act on their own. 

By nature, I am in independent thinker and encourage this trait in those around me. I greatly value my personal freedom and independence, though sometimes my independent nature presents a bit of a problem for me and for those who love me. Unfortunately, living with illness can sometimes rob a person of the ability to act all on their own. For those of us with a fiercely independent streak, this can be one of the toughest parts of adjusting to living our Plan B lives with chronic illness. It is not easy to ask for (and sometimes not even easy to receive) the help of others. Like a toddler, I want to "do it myself," yet sometimes I physically just can't. This is frustrating to me and quite a dilemma for those around me who want to offer both love and support. The challenge my loved ones face is knowing when to... (>>continue reading)
Where's Cindy? | Appearances
Delivering inspiration: Cindy during keynote address in Charlotte, North Carolina

I would love to speak to
your group!
Scleroderma Foundation
National Patient Education Conference
Opening Keynote Address: Cindy Coney 
July 17-19, 2015, Nashville, TN
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and we'll work out the details.

(Above) Cindy delivering her keynote, "Partners in Healing," to BayCare Medical Group staff and physicians at a recent seminar on patient centered medicine in Clearwater, Florida.
books |What Cindy's Reading
Although my life has been crazy and busy lately, I do enjoy reading for relaxation and have made time for a few books.

A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope
by Tom Brokaw

You probably know me well enough by now to know that I am attracted to anything with the words happiness or hope in the title; I could not pass this one up. In his book, Tom Brokaw gives an honest portrayal of living and coping with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. Like many of us who live with illness, Mr. Brokaw first had to decide how to tell those around him of his diagnosis, and then decide how he would live what I refer to as his "Plan B" life. I admire the way he is fighting to carry on with his life and also the appreciation he shares for the role his wife and other family members have played in dealing with the disease.

The Middle Place
by Kelly Corrigan

I enjoyed Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan, so picked up this book. This time the story is about resiliency. Kelly was a young mother of two and diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time her father was diagnosed with late stage cancer. Woven through the pages is not only the story of dealing with illness, but also of being a daughter and a mother...the middle place in between the two. It is clear how important family is to Kelly and, because of this and a bit of humor, I once again found myself engrossed in her story.



The Vacationers by Emma Straub

An on-screen targeted advertisement for this title appears almost every time I turn on my computer, so I took the bait. I found it a bit fluffy, yet the interactions of family somewhat interesting. If you are looking for a paperback for the beach (don't forget the sunscreen), it may fulfill that need.

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ABOUT CINDY CONEY Nationally recognized keynote speaker and resiliency educator Cindy Coney has assisted thousands in moving beyond "coping" with limitations to recapturing joy, balance and freedom through her speeches and pioneering educational training for patients and healthcare professionals. Diagnosed with lupus in 1980, Cindy has traveled the globe to share her story of thriving after a chronic diagnosis. Read more.