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Survivor ATX – Founded by local survivors, Raychel Funk and Karen Killoren, as an avenue for positive support and building strength. Whether you’re a survivor, co-survivor, or you’re currently going through treatment, you’re not alone. Become a part of Survivor ATX to get the information that you need and to meet those who have been through the breast cancer journey – we’re in this together!
Our September 16th Survivor ATX event!
By Raychel
September 1, 2015 11:16 AM
Hi ladies!! 
It's been a wonderful, long, hot summer and I can't say I'm sad my kids are back in school!  :)   I have seen a few of you over the summer and I'm grateful for that, but I would LOVE to see the rest of you at our September 16th Survivor ATX event! 
Megan Johntz will be speaking.  She is an incredible speaker who is unbelievably inspiring.  Here are a few sentences to get you excited about the event:

The topic of the luncheon, “Increasing Your Happiness Quotient!,” will be presented by the prolific and insightful Megan Johntz. Johntz hails from Austin and is an acclaimed author, psychotherapist and public speaker.

“Modern women are juggling families, careers, philanthropy and often times our pure joy and health take a back seat,” said Johntz. “This event focuses on taking time to take care of your health and the health of others, and happiness is absolutely integral to both your mental and physical well-being.”

The "Pink Bag Luncheon" will be on Wednesday, September 16th, from 11:30-1:00 in the Komen Austin office.  5508 Parkcrest Drive, Austin, TX 78731.  Please bring a lunch if you would like.  Snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP if you are planning to be there so we will know approximately how many people to expect. :)
Thank you!!
By karen

I am RSVP ing yes.  Thank you  Karen Preis

posted September 14, 2015 8:56 AM
2 important messages for Survivor ATX!!
By Raychel
August 11, 2015 2:28 PM

Hi ladies!! I hope you're enjoying your summer!! I am posting two important pieces of information today. 

First off - we have finalized our September Survivor ATX "Pink bag luncheon"!  Please mark your calendars!  The date will be Wednesday, September 16th from 11:30 - 1:00 at the Komen Austin office.  Megan Johntz, a "recovering" TV news reporter, former Psychotherapist, and currently professional speaker will be speaking to us.  She has amazing insight into women's issues, anxiety and depression, and having a mother who has battled cancer, she has an understanding of cancer related issues on a personal level.  This is one not to miss!!

Second piece of business - our amazing speaker and Wellness Coach from July, Shari Fish, would like me to share a note from her to the group:

To the ladies of Survivor ATX,
I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with each of you at the July Survivor ATX Lunch-n-Learn.  What an inspiring group of women!  You are all so fortunate to have one another and I am certain that the community that you are building will benefit each of you in countless ways.
Thank you so much for bringing an open heart and dialogue to our conversation on Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery.  Your willingness to share your experiences and insights added depth and meaning to the conversation and everyone's experience.  
I would be honored to help you and/or the organization in any way and look forward to seeing you all again soon at the Komen Race of the Cure, Austin and  PINK!.


September Pink Bag luncheon!!
By Raychel
August 3, 2015 12:59 PM

Hi ladies!! 

I just wanted to touch base and let everyone know that we will not be having an August Survivor ATX Pink Bag luncheon.  With all of the end of summer travel and the gearing up for the new school year activity, we decided to skip August.  

Please stay tuned...we will be having a wonderful September Survivor ATX Pink Bag luncheon!!  Megan Johntz will be presenting!  Ms. Johntz is a Psychotherapist and inspirational speaker who speaks on many topics including women's issues, beating anxiety and depression, and using our "toolbox" to be our best self! 

The Pink Bag luncheon will be in mid September.  Stay tuned for the exact date.  I hope to see everyone there!  :)

By karen

Thank you for the heads up.  I hope I can attend in September!

posted August 5, 2015 11:04 AM
A Message for Husbands
By Eliza
July 30, 2015 11:56 AM

Hi Everyone! Happy Thursday! 

There was a great article in the summer edition of Cancer Today written for Husbands. Marc Silver went through the breast cancer journey with his wife and has some great advice for other spouses, or really any co-survivors, helping a woman through such a difficult journey. Here is the link to the article:

Marc also wrote a book called Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond and has co-authored a book with his daughter Maya called My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice From Real-Life Teens.

These are excellent resources for families of Survivors and we wanted to share them with you! 

Recap of our event with wellness coach, Shari Fish!
By Raychel
July 17, 2015 4:42 PM

We had a great event yesterday with wellness coach, Shari Fish!  She spoke with us about mindfulness and being present in every moment.  She said that every moment is an opportunity.  Wow!  That is powerful.  She also took us through a short meditation and gave us tools to use so that we are able to take even a minute in our days to slow down, breathe and relax.  This allows us to reset and be mindful about how we respond (not just react) to the events in our days.  Thank you Shari!! 

By Amy

Such a great workshop! I wrote a quick note on her FB wall thanking her for traveling to Austin to present. I tagged a few of you, but please tag yourself if you were there! The FB page is Shari Fish Wellness. Loved seeing all of you and I'm looking forward to our next Survivor ATX lunch!


posted July 18, 2015 7:54 AM