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The US Review of Books My Wonderful Nightmare by Erin Higgins & Alma Lightbody Trafford Publishing reviewed by Carol Davala "Life is very short, too short to let a single moment pass that is not meaningful." Over twenty years ago, the beloved Saturday Night Live cast member, Gilda Radner, penned It's Always Something, a best-selling memoir that revealed the popular comedienne's courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Here, in the same vein, under the auspices of co-author Alma Lightbody, a certified Holistic Health and Wellness practitioner, Erin Higgins shares a very personal collection of journal entries in My Wonderful Nightmare, an inspiring work that speaks to Higgins' own heroic fight against the same devastating disease. Soon after her initial diagnosis, Higgins wrote the following "I believe that my purpose in this life is to have this cancer, beat this cancer and teach those around me about life, struggle, strength, and insight." Speaking directly to the reader, the author's journaling becomes a medium for venting, celebrating, and grieving all the new day-to-day occurrences she faced. And while Higgins felt this expressive forum paramount and therapeutic to the healing process, clearly she felt an even greater desire to share her journey with readers. This work is filled with powerful insights, often highlighted in bold print to stress their significance, such as the importance of laughter, taking control when dealing with doctors and treatments, and using survival instincts. In an attempt to find relief from her "dis-ease," the author chose both conventional and alternative therapies throughout her ordeal. In candid detail Higgins describes surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, nutritional and metabolic programs, and Lightbody's "Healing Touch" practice that helped to balance the body's energy centers. Though Radner and Higgins both ultimately succumbed to their illness, in a gracious gesture they each left behind a beautiful gift. While their stories are truly individual, they are not meant solely for friends or family members. Filled with honesty and emotion, these works are intended for anyone dealing with, or touched by a serious illness. In particular, Higgins' writing offers up a brave revelation of life's unpredictability. Surely her open heart and eternal spirit will help bring clarity to our own final journeys. RECOMMENDED by the USR

Gold Seal Award

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Article from Green Angels

Originally published by Dave Howe at Avid Magizine on Pender Island for which David writes a monthly column called "Fascinating Faces". The article then appeared on David's site, Green Angels. My Wonderful Nightmare “My journey is lonely, I’m on my own, even though surrounded by friends & love”, words spoken by Erin, a 31 year old female ovarian cancer non-survivor, whose last days were lightened &  enlightened by a Pender Island healing touch practitioner. Erin wanted her words to be enshrined for future generations & therein lies Alma Lightbody’s sacred promise to publish Erin’s journals, which were created as she, Erin, travelled this lonely path. As you read the soon to be published, ‘My Wonderful Nightmare’, & watch the video’s recommended below, you will see & hear Erin tell in her own words what she learned as her soul prepared to leave her physical body. Mack, Alma’s very successful businessman husband, provided love & support to the author as she pursued her calling both in the healing arts & her untold hours with Erin. Erin was the daughter of a good friend of Mack’s & without his loving support, Alma’s concentration on the walk to physical death with Erin, would have been much more difficult. This is a story about a Pender family who's life became intertwined with a beautiful young woman who found her purpose through her journey to the other side. Mack & Alma come from a traditional business background, both working together in their lower mainland building supply stores. They sacrificed to get where they are today, Mack dreaming of entrepreneurship & taking the risk when it became available to own his own store, mortgaging the family residence, & both of them living in a warehouse for three years, to complete their Pender Island dream home. Mack was raised with a psychic mother, which led to a very open minded adult, a perfect fit for his love to be, a beautiful Peruvian trained Shamanic healing student. Alma brings light to any room she enters & Mack suggested she keep her maiden name, Lightbody, as it perfectly explained the energy, wave length work she practices. When Alma attended a ‘Light Body School’ in Peru & the Peruvians told her Alma translated to Soul in Spanish, even the Gods sat up to listen. For Erin, who had been praying to her God for an answer, this was no coincidence. As Alma says “coincidences are messages sent for us to heed”. In this case, that unknown intelligence that directed these two to meet, was in full gear. Alma’s work with the Luminous Body, which connects us to the Universe & the Earth, reveals our story through this light energy field. Erin wanted to believe she would get better & Alma helped her come out of her literal world, to help her understand what a great person she was & what she had to offer. Erin learned about her spiritual self, her soul, & came to understand her purpose, ‘to teach others’. As Alma progressed with Erin through her healing touch, Mack began to see this transform Erin, as she recognized the body is the Temple of the Soul. Many of us never get in touch with our authentic self, our soul, but this couple were blessed by a young girl who died surrounded by their compassionate love. ‘My Wonderful Nightmare’, is a culmination of the journals a young vivacious, advanced ovarian cancer woman left us. Erin realized the end was near & went on to believe that it was not the end but a new beginning. She wants us to rejoice in her passing over & she is out there hoping that you will share her adventure. Alma in her own words: “I made a promise to Erin to publish her book, fulfilling what she wanted with her journals, that ultimately became her purpose. Erin left her journals to me, which then became my purpose, to fulfill hers. Erin’s message is to listen to your body, connect to your inner self, & know what you are here for.  So please meet Erin on her videos”.
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