Transformation Talk with Mynde Mayfield

Welcome to Transformation Talk. Every Thursday for a year, starting in September 2012, I’ll post an interview with someone who is a force for good in the world. These men and women have either deepened their passion or found their calling after experiencing a loss, trauma or diagnosis.

I want to broaden the conversation around grief and its transformative power. My hope is that in their words you’ll find echoes of your story. In their inspired actions, you’ll see yourself and your immense possibility.

*Special Request: The technology of Skype is amazing and imperfect. Please listen with your heart and forgive the occasional blips on the screen.

Today’s interview is with the optimystical Mynde Mayfield, who was my coach at the time Benjamin died. (Talking about this still brings tears, as you’ll see in the video). She is one of the most positive people I have ever met, and last year this essential trait was put to the test with a Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. Having just received her NED (No Evidence of Disease) Mynde continues to walk her talk as she moves into the next stage of her life. Knowing that there is no right way to “do cancer”,  I wanted to share Mynde’s inspiring story.

Bio and link to audio version are below. Running time is 36 minutes. If you’re getting this via email, click through the title to view the video.

Right-click or Control-click here to download the audio version.

Mynde is a Certified Life Coach, writer & survivor of advanced breast cancer. After 11 months of intensive treatment, including chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and radiation that ended in February 2013, she’s created a survivorship program called 12 Principles to Living Well With Cancer where she’s sharing her best strategies for survival and empowerment for the cancer journey and beyond. Mynde combines her life experience as a coach & cancer survivor, natural gifts, and practical spirituality to inspire you to live & heal your life with her special brand of optimystical magic.

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6 Responses to Transformation Talk with Mynde Mayfield

  1. Roos says:

    Will certainly listen later, but had to tell you immediately that I love (!!!) your new header and look of the website!

  2. I love the new header and site design too! Beautiful.
    And your interview with Mynde is beautiful, too.
    I did not know but am not surprised that she was your coach. I’ve been inspired by her approach to life before, during, and after breast cancer, and this interview is no exception. I especially appreciate Mynde’s (re)framing of the tumor as “teacher”–this is what grief and trauma can be.
    Thank you, Alana and Mynde. xo

    • Alana says:

      Thanks so much for watching Angela (and for the compliments on the site). I feel deeply honored to interview amazing people like you and Mynde. xo

  3. illuminary says:

    I feel like I just bathed in sunshine…

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