Happy Holidays!

"blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
                                                               - Hamilton Wright Mabie

Throughout the year, much of our focus is on ourselves. Beyond the commercialism of the holiday season, and far above the tendency for over-indulgence lies the often subtle (and often forgetten) reminder of the season: to just love.

One day my husband and I decided to eat at a local diner. As we were entering the doors, my husband propped the door open for a man not far behind us as we cordially asked how he was doing. After breakfast, we were told that the man we opened the door for took care of our bill. After 8 years and many diner trips later, we have never seen that gentleman again, but will always remember his act of kindness.

Late one night, at a small cafe I struck a conversation with a woman sitting at the table next to me. After an hour of laughing and sharing, she thanked me. I was baffled. She then told me about how her husband was in the ICU after a horrible accident. That hour was the first time she had left his bedside in over a week. She thanked me not because I had physically done anything for her, but because for the short time spent together - she didn't feel like crying.

During this holiday season, I challenge everyone to think beyond yourself and commit to one random act of kindness. No matter what you've been through this past year, no matter how thin you are spread in work and personal life, there is no greater satisfaction than showing kindness to a perfect stranger, just like there is no greater appreciation than to receive a gift of kindness from a perfect stranger.
Happy holidays, my friends. In the immortal words of Irving Berlin, "may you days be merry and bright..." -- With Love, Anna
Tuesday, Dec 3| 6:00p-7:30p
Coping with Anxiety
         w/ Dr. Deanna Della Rocco
From receiving the diagnosis to dealing with the treatments-- if there was ever a time when you have had to deal with anxiety, it's now. Join Dr. Della Rocco as she discusses techniques on how to cope with your day to day anxiety.

Wednesday, Dec 11 | 6:00p-8:00p
For Caregivers
         w/ Gaurav Agarwal
"caregiving is a responsibility which is never taught to us in school and is often given to us without advance notice." As a caregiver you often have no one to turn to... your friends don't understand you, you are afraid to say the wrong things, ask the wrong questions. It's a hopeless feeling. Caregivers need support too. For all husbands, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons with a loved one fighting breast cancer.

Thursday, Nov 19 | 6:00p-8:00p
Breast Friends Tea Time
Join us for a very special gathering of 'breast friends!" This is not your normal support group-- It's a support system!! Open to all pre-vivors and survivors who share a common struggle with breast cancer who just want to laugh together, to cry together, and to vent together. Enjoy tea and snacks as we gather together to celebrate companionship, friendship, and life.
Wednesday, Dec 4 | 6:00-8:00p
Iyengar Yoga 
        w/ Jim Hartshorn
Jim discusses the art of conscious health and spiritual healing by examining how radiant health and will-being are influenced by unresolved patterns in consciousness as well as their subsequent healing.

Tuesday, Dec 10 | 10:00a-11:00a
Iyengar Yoga 
        w/ Kathy Taylor
Start the morning out right with yoga! Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga which an emphasis on detail & alignment in posture and breath control. This class is lead by a breast cancer survivor who completely understands how physically and emotionally draining it is to go through treatment. Kathy tailors to your mental and physical needs. Open to the public!

Wednesday, Dec 18
 | 1:00p-2:00p
Night Out at THE SHOP
        w/ Dollhouse Hair & Makeup
THE SHOP to Stop Breast Cancer is hosting a Night Out event! From gorgeous hair to the perfect lip color - our hair and makeup gurus will teach you  how to ring in the holidays in style! Don't forget to donate your quality goods to THE SHOP from now until Dec 18th and receive a 50% off voucher to redeem during this event!! We will also be serving sweets, treats, and spritzers!

Katherine Contreras 

                                       breast cancer fighter, survivor & advocate

Katherine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44. But with a history of breast cancer victims in her family, "It came as no surprise," she recalled. Breast cancer was just a battle that she had come to anticipate in her lifetime. Katherine was an energetic mother and wife living in Riverside, and kindergarten teacher in Perris. Even after she began her treatments, she recalls “cancer was separated from my day-to-day life.” After 6 months of what she thought was cancer free living, her world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic breast cancer. The cancer had spread. In 2007 her body nearly gave out when she spent 43 days in the hospital for renal failure as dialysis machines worked overtime to remove the waste and excess water from her blood.

Through the decade of treatments, therapies, medications, surgeries, and hospital stays, Katherine admitted, “I thought I would never feel joy again... but then [I realized] my focus was on what the cancer was doing to me and how to destroy it… it was such a negative outlook, and not the way I wanted to live.” At that moment, her mentality began to shift– Katherine began to accept that, whether she liked it or not, “cancer is a part of my life.”

"For years [after receiving my diagnosis], I stopped using sunscreen. I thought it was pointless. I already had cancer, what else could happen?" she said. "And then one day I thought-- Wait a minute! I'm going to be around for a while and I don't want wrinkles!" Since that day, she had finally found the hope and joy that she never thought she would feel again, and happily applies sunscreen on every day.

Recently honored by the City as one of Riverside's Heroes, Katherine has committed well over 250 hours in the last year to The Pink Ribbon Place. As a woman who is not afraid of a “call to action,” she has willingly stepped up to the plate to not only help coordinate events, but also run THE SHOP to Stop Breast Cancer. She commits herself whenever she can to bring other women solace at such a scary time in their lives. When you look at this beautiful woman, you would never know how her struggles because she brings such joy and laughter to all those around her. And that, by all accounts, deserves an award of its own.

photo credit: Ash Waters
Join us for this very special gathering every 3rd Thursday from 6-8PM as we bring together women from all walks of life to talk, to share, to laugh, to cry, to vent, and most of all, to celebrate everything that love and life has yet to bring... because there is no kind of therapy like just being able to talk it out with your girlfriends.
October Photo Hightlights
one of our favorite photobooth props.
the dessert bar at our Girl's Night Out event!
we asked community members to advise us about how we are doing, and this was a small thank you for participating!
TPRP landed in the front page of the business section of the Press Enterprise!


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