However you landed here, know that I appreciate your visit. The purpose of this website is to share Amber's message, provide resources and information, bring attention and focus to the issue of cancer, and unite those of us who have been touched to speak with one voice. Too many of our loved ones have suffered and died from this dreadful disease, leaving behind those of us who wonder, "Why did this happen? Did this have to happen?
For me, Amber's death from cancer left me with a profound sense of responsibility to my fellow human beings and a commitment to do all I can to prevent this from happening to anyone else. My hope is to elevate others and help them realize their "Power Within" by sharing my journey through cancer with this incredible little girl.
Why didn't I simply let Amber die, become a statistic, and move on with my life? Because I believe that each of us is put on this earth to complete a "Life Task," something that gives our lives meaning and purpose. Amber knew hers. A few days before she died at home, she revealed it to me.
As I passed through the living room, she called me to her side. I bent down close to hear her. "Mom, I know I'm here to help a lot of people." Weak from the cancer that consumed her and the morphine that helped her endure, I could barely make out her words. "What did you say, Amber?" Frustrated at having to repeat herself, she insisted, "I SAID, 'I KNOW I'M HERE TO HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE'!" Although she said many wise and wonderful things throughout her life and as she neared death, I was astounded. I was also convinced that she came to earth to teach us, to be a Guardian Angel to those of us in need.
My Life Task was revealed oh, so slowly and painfully. (Read more…)
Here are the PDF versions of the workshops presented by Claudia Hnatiw and myself at the Bereaved Parents of the USA Conference
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Embrace the Angel pocket card:
Here’s a way to elevate others whether it's a relative, friend, waiter/waitress, parking garage attendant—anyone who'd love a few kind words from you and angel quotes to keep in their pocket. Instructions: Use an 8.5"x11" sheet in "landscape" orientation, printing on both sides. Print one side, then flip it over in the paper feeding tray of your printer and print the other, cut in half horizontally, fold in half (like a book), then fold in half again. Voila! Keep one for yourself and give the other away! Click the thumbnails below to open the "Angels in Your Pocket" PDF.
What people are saying about "Embrace the Angel:"
ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS, author of "On Death and Dying," and others: "I just discovered Embrace the Angel... I read it through and through all over again. It's very beautiful and very touching, especially her dreams and her courage and wisdom. You need to share this with the world—for Amber and Chad and all the many parents who need to know."
SAMUEL EPSTEIN, MD, author of "The Politics of Cancer" and professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago: "This was very touching and moving... a grave human tragedy."
PAULA D'ARCY, author of "Song for Sarah:" "I was deeply moved by Embrace the Angel. It is brave and courageous and frighteningly real... a strong, strong story. Patti captured Amber's little spirit and really made it live."
GLENN A. NOYES: "To everyone I say: 'If you think you love your children now, wait until you've read Embrace the Angel. This book will make you tuck your children in bed a little tighter and give them that extra kiss each night'."
SARAH TOTUSHEK: "This story is compelling! Patti has the gift of bringing one right into her life- the pain, the joy, the horror, the hope is all there... those whom it reaches will never be the same after reading it. She has opened the door... and made enough inroads already to guarantee that those who need Amber's gift, will find her.