We love celebrating accomplished, awe-inspiring women. “The Loudest Voices,” our new cover story (p. 54), is a celebration of six such women, all Chicago household names and media personalities. The public esteem these media mavens have cultivated throughout the years has won them awards, but what’s truly remarkable is how they use their stardom to bolster cancer awareness and philanthropy. Opening up to cW, these women share the motivations behind their advocacy and desire to change the way the public relates to cancer.
Along with social distancing regulations, mandatory masks, travel limitations and cooler weather comes a good deal of time spent in our homes. This has forced change in several important areas. It has catapulted certain technologies and services, like telehealth, to the forefront of developments in patient care (p. 84). It has also inspired many home improvement projects. If this sounds like you, make sure to read our story “Healthy Home, Healthy You” (p. 12) by freelancer Maria C. Hunt, which illustrates how to limit noxious chemicals and toxins from your abode.
We encourage you to read our story on guided imagery (p. 40), which has offered many cancer warriors and thrivers peace during difficult times. Whether you are suffering from restlessness, anxiety or physical pain, guided imagery meditation can offer relief while strengthening our understanding of just how much power we have to alter our own perspective by fine-tuning our thoughts.
With this, I invite you to take a couple of deep breaths and turn your focus to the powerful thoughts, stories and voices of leadership and courage from our community in this new issue.