November 20, 2017

The Report from NWSC ~ All the News about Cancer and Sex!

Barbara Musser, Sexy Saturdays, breast cancer, intimacy after breast cancer, breast cancer and sensuality, cancer and sex

 

 

 

Barbara Musser, Sexy After Cancer, cancer and sex, breast cancer, cancer and intimacy, cancer and sexual health

Last weekend I was in Nashville to attend the second National Women’s Survivors Convention ~ My Second Act! We rocked it at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is the biggest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. It’s like a town, complete with botanical gardens, all under a big glass dome. I got lost several times and got plenty of exercise walking around the sprawl of it.

About 700 women with all types of cancer attended. I saw some friends I made last year and met many new ones. Hearing their stories cracked my heart wide open ~ 3 sisters all diagnosed with breast cancer within a very short time; a 5-time survivor; and so many life turning points. There were tears, laughter and lots of love. I heard many women say that now they don’t feel so alone on this journey, having met others at this event.

The three-day event kicked off with a red carpet premiere of “Decoding Annie Parker,” which is about the discovery of the BRCA-2 breast genetic structure. A busload of fans went from the Gaylord to celebrate the film and Anne Parker was there. Women streamed in from 49 states during the next 2 days.

A combination of keynote speakers (Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Emme and lots of musicians); cool and informational workshops (navigating insurance and finances, nutrition, intimacy and sexuality, fear of recurrence and man more); a 5K walk/race; a hall of vendors with great products, books and services; and lots of time to connect, all added up to an abundance of opportunities.

There were many highlights, and the one that touched my heart most was the “My Second Act” evening. This was 12 women survivors, each speaking for 5 minutes about their journey and how cancer has opened up the second act of their lives. I was so moved by the courage, heart and passion of each woman. And this part of the event will go on the road. Watch for information in your city about the opportunity to submit an essay and then share the stage and spotlight with a group of truly extraordinary women.

I gave 2 workshops on intimacy and sexuality ~ “It’s Not Over!” and “The Best is Yet to Come!” Both workshops were SRO and got great reviews. Many women attended both and several brought their husbands along to the second workshop. If you’ve ever heard me speak or teach, you know that I’m not a “talking head.” My events include a lot of participation and experiences. It’s much more meaningful to everyone. I had people kissing each other on the cheek and saying, “It’s time to wake up, Sleeping Beauty.” They looked into each other’s eyes and created spiritual intimacy. We talked about cancer and body image, lubricants, toys, othercourse and so much more. As if that wasn’t thrilling enough, many stopped by my book table afterward to talk more personally and privately. There are so many questions about cancer, intimacy and sexuality. And I have the great gift of being able to answer questions, make suggestions and continue to do my research to bring more pleasure and intimacy to those on the cancer journey. Lucky me!

© 2014 Barbara Musser and Sexy After Cancer. Please feel free to share this content and include proper attribution.

Comments

  1. Fabulous, Barbara!

    • Thanks, Paul. The comments about the convention continue to pour in and they are unanimously positive. Looking forward to attending again next year and being one of the keynote speakers!

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