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Local cancer survivor learned many lessons

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Leora Dowling M.A., a motivational speaker from Ferrisburgh, will present four free one-hour talks at local libraries this fall. Her talks, entitled, Lessons Learned: Walking with Cancer will use humor and practical wisdom to describe her recent experience with breast cancer. Leora will be speaking at the Brandon Free Public Library in Brandon on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.; The Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m.; The Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.; and at the Pierson Library in Shelburne on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. She will discuss the role of early detection and treatment in her own recovery, as well as what she is doing now to stay both physically and mentally healthy. She says, Im not an expert on breast cancer, far from it, but I do know how I managed to stay upbeat and optimistic while I walked my own path with this disease. And what I did anyone can do. A former college English professor and radio personality, Leora and her husband Dr. J. Glen Dowling moved to Ferrisburgh in 2002. Diagnosed with cancer one month after her 49th birthday last August, Leora began the long journey that is cancer treatment: tests, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and adjuvant therapy. Last winter, while sitting by her home fireplace recuperating, Leora realized she had something new and important to say. She decided to talk about why she chooses to use the words I walked with cancer rather than say I fought it. The survivor now owns her own business, Leora Dowling M.A., Motivational Speaker. She shares her positive messages about using cancer as a way to learn and grow; aging gracefully in an anti-aging culture; and cultivating the power of perspective to live a happy, contented and useful life, at workshops and small-group retreats.

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