Finding My Invincible Summer
A prognosis of six months to live turns out to be a gift. Instead of resigning herself to illness, in this memoir Muriel embarks on a journey to heal not only her body but also her mind, heart, and spirit. She discovers that healing is about the whole person and that cancer was simply the wakeup call. She sees how past experiences (told in flashbacks) and family dynamics have shaped her self-defeating patterns of guilt, hopeless, and helplessness—and chooses to move beyond them.
This fast-paced story begins in 1970, when Muriel meets and marries Sylvio, a handsome Brazilian in political exile. They move to Mexico, then return to Washington, D.C. Their love is deep and intense, but after nine years he suddenly dies and she is left alone.
As she grieves over Sylvio’s death, she is told that an earlier breast cancer has spread to her bones. Through biofeedback she learns that her thoughts create her feelings and that she can choose how to respond to them. She ultimately gains the understanding and tools to walk away from conventional treatment and practice gentle approaches to becoming and staying well.