Author Learns Life Lessons from Dying Women

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Years of working in the field of nursing did not prepare Diane Dennis, author of The Hourglass: How to Live as Time Flies By, for the emotional and life altering experiences she endured while following a hospital support group of women diagnosed with late stages of ovarian cancer

Diane Dennis worked for years as a nurse believing she was effectively assisting her patients through their grief when diagnosed and living with long term illnesses. When she decided to follow a hospital support group of women diagnosed in late stages of cancer, Dennis was not prepared for the many life lessons she would learn.

Dennis was forever changed as she observed these women develop emotional intimacy, share secrets, fears and hope. The non-verbal communication within the group was a beautifully choreographed dance between newcomers and older members as they mentored each other, accepted each other's stages of grief, and became midwives to each other during the final days of their lives.

The Hourglass: How to Live as Time Flies By began as a project to learn and teach resiliency skills, and how to navigate the painful transitions at end of life. The book became a personal and spiritual journey for the author, as she became a member of this sacred tribe who folded her in to their stories to witness how to live when facing mortality.

The Hourglass: How to Live as Time Flies By is a poignant tale of elegant women, most misdiagnosed in early stages for a disease for which there is no cure. Instead of bitterness, resentment and anger, the women formed a group to teach third year medical students the early signs and symptoms of their disease so that these soon-to-be doctors would not continue the cycle of misdiagnosis for this insidious disease. The book teaches new definitions of hope, how to develop new relationships with fear, and how to live in the moment.

Diane Dennis is a columnist, author, radio host, public speaker, regular television guest, certified trainer, and certified life transition coach. More information can be found at her website For further information contact the author at 503-678-1356


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