URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED!!! Free Retreat For Military Women

IMG_7950I apologize for this late notice, but I just found out Casting For Recovery  (a national nonprofit support and education program for women with breast cancer is offering a  free retreat for military women (veteran or active duty).

Military woman

These retreats will provide medical and psychosocial sessions that will support women navigating issues related to their military and cancer experience.  Fly fishing serves as an outlet for coping with the challenges of these topics and provides a simple, authentic connection with nature.

The first retreat will be held July 13 – 15, 2018 in Spruce Creek, PA and will service military women from PA, DE, MD, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WV.  The second retreat for military women will be held November 9-11, 2018 in Starke, FL and will service military women from FL, AL, GA, MS, SC and NC. 

Applications for these two retreats can be found by  clinking this link.  The deadline to apply for the July retreat is this Friday, June 1, 2018.  The deadline to apply for the November retreat is August 31, 2018

Please pass this on to all military women who has had breast cancer or who knows a military person that has this illness.

I have had the opportunity to participate in this flyfishing retreat and I have memories that will last forever!



Barbara Palmer

Courageous Diva



More Tips To Help You Thrive Through Your Cancer Journey

Courageous Diva PhotoLast week I gave you a few tips to help you through your cancer journey and I promised I would provide you with more tips this week so here we go.


  • Have a good support network whether its friends, family, healthcare providers or others that have gone through a cancer journey.  Stay away from negative and toxic people who drain you.


Team of support people


  • Isolation — When going through your cancer journey there may be times when you want to isolate yourself from friends and family.  Remember it is OK to say no if you don’t feel like talking or having company over to visit you.


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  • Emotionally a cancer diagnosis can cause havoc on you mentally….especially if you have had or have to have a mastectomy.  You may still have psychological or image issues.  Seek professional help if needed.


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  • If you are having a bad day...call that one good girlfriend that can make you laugh.  We all have one.  Connect with those that make you feel good.




  • If you have children you need to tell them you have cancer in a language they will understand.  There are resources available to advise you how to explain to your children that you have cancer based on their age range.


Parent child


  • Lastly, if you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer… be strong…things will get better.  It may be a little stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.  Whether you have cancer or  some other type of serious illness or challenge, strength will find you sooner than you thought it would.

Kick cancer’s butt!


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Until next time, continue to Dare To Live Boldly!



Courageous Diva














Tips To Help You Thrive Through Your Cancer Journey


Courageous Diva PhotoGetting a cancer diagnosis is a very scary experience that will change your life forever. However, as you go through your journey day by day, I do have a few tips to assist you through this very challenging time in your life.


  • Connect to a higher power to draw strength in your dark moments.




  • Remember…it’s ok to cry.  Crying is a great way to relieve stress. Holding your emotions in can lead to depression and anxiety. I’m sure most of you reading this blog has had a good cry and can attest to the fact that afterwards it improved your mood.



  • Journaling is an easy way to express your feelings and document your journey. Writing about something as stressful and as difficult as cancer can be healing. In fact, there is scientific research showing that expressing your inner most thoughts and feelings can reduce stress and promote a range of other physical, emotional and social benefits.




  • Laugh — Remember this is a temporary situation.   Laugh at your new bald head and the fact that you cannot remember anything anymore. If you have to get a double mastecomy and if you elect to have reconstruction,  rejoice that your twins will now defy gravity.  Laughter also makes your body relax, improves your immune system and helps you cope.




There are more tips I will share in my next blog, but meanwhile, DARE TO LIVE BOLDLY!!

Courageous Diva


It’s Been A While

Dare to live boldly black shirt white hat


Hello everyone.  I know it has been a while since you have heard from me.  However, let me reassure you that I am still here and am still following my purpose…assisting women through their breast cancer journey.

In August 2016, I made the decision that I would retire from the Corporate World in the first quarter of 2017 and that is exactly what I did. I decided to stop living in fear and leap into faith so I could see what was waiting for me and what I could accomplish.  As of April 1, 2017, I became a retiree and that really was a blessing.  I ended up being the primary caregiver for my oldest brother who was very ill and lived in a nursing home.  The last 15 months of his life I totally focused on his needs and reconnected with him in such a wonderful way.  Unfortunately, he died on January 23, 2018.

After taking a couple of weeks to grieve, I stepped back into my purpose.  Along the way, I have met some incredible and amazing people.  You never know what opportunities are waiting for you and how you may impact others if you just BELIEVE.

I have launched my “Dare To Live Boldly” t-shirts and caps as I strive to do just that….Live Boldly.  I advise you to live boldly as well.  We all have a limited amount of time here on this earth and we have no idea when that time will come to an end.  Therefore, be kind, have fun and LIVE WITH NO REGRETS!

If there is anything you would like to hear more about or anything you would like to share on my blog, please send me an email.  I would love to hear from you.

One of my main objectives when I started my website was to provide breast cancer patients with available resources.  As I find more resources, I will include the information on my site.

In closing, if you know what your purpose is, please do it, even if you are scared.  Trust me, I get scared at times too but I quickly get over it!

Until next time,

Live Boldly,


Courageous Diva

Reflections of My Journey

   On my personal journey as a two-time breast cancer survivor, I strive to reach, inspire and encourage women as they fight their battle with breast cancer as well as provide them with much needed resources that can help them with their journey. My blog serves as one of several digital platforms that I use to share support, humor, experiences, resources, and other related content from my journey.  You are invited to visit, read and comment on my special place to share and reflect… “Dare To Live Boldly” Blog.

Exercise and Breast Cancer Support

Barbara Palmer, a two time breast cancer survivor and active Brick Bodies club member has embraced fitness with a Healthy and Happy Spirit . Barbara knows all too well about the journey of challenges and adversities with breast cancer, so come be encouraged and inspired with the Courageous Diva.
•Do you need someone to listen to your fears and concerns
while your go through your cancer journey
•Do you need someone to make you laugh when you feel
like crying or do you just want to cry
•Do you need group support
•Do you need one on one support

Our goal is to start a support group which will include a 30 minute work out followed by a mind and spirit session to allow the participants to express their emotions, fears, and concerns amongst others who are going through or have
been through the cancer journey.

This is open to non-members.

For more information, please contact Barbara Palmer at 1-410-996-4915 or via
e-mail courageousdiva2011@yahoo.com