Carla and son Josh

Carla and son Josh

Carla’s story touches me deeply. Her journey so very clearly and achingly demonstrates the difference between a healing journey and a curing journey. Carla, we are sending good ju-ju your way!

Hello Susan, I love the page where people can share about themselves and their animals. I would love to share a bit of my story. My friends started a site for me on Caring Bridge. It is a wonderful place to connect and share information.
About 8 months ago I found out I had breast cancer, it is a rare kind, very painful and fast moving. I have chosen to have a quality of life and do alternative therapy. I find myself in a very interesting place. I have moved to The Dalles which is on the Columbia River with my therapy cat Purr Boy. We have an economy apt with a million dollar view.

My quality of life has been very good for the past 8 months, I am always on the pain roller coaster but have found natural sources of relief. I just found out this week that the cancer has spread to both lungs and new little cluster of new tumors have emerged on my chest wall below my breast. I am doing some amazing healing things but feel as if I am not keeping up with the movement of this unwelcome visitor in my body.
I feel very much at peace with whatever Life’s next grand adventure will be. I just read a great book called “Grace & Grit” by Ken and Treya Wilbur. I was very inspired by her living & dying.

Purr Purr

Purr Purr

My cat Purr Boy has become my constant companion, he thinks its really cool when I can sleep 15 hrs a day. I am finding joy and contentment and stay in each NOW as much as I can. Great amounts of fear and worry have completely fallen away and I am excited about this healing journey. I find that many Dr’s don’t recognize that death can be a powerful and natural form of healing. I have no attachments to the outcome embracing it all.
Keep up the good work so good to see all the photo’s……Blessings of Love, Carla

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  1. Cindy says:


    Your statement:

    “I find that many Dr’s don’t recognize that death can be a powerful and natural form of healing”….

    is one of the most profound and powerful things I have ever read! Thank you so much for bravely speaking Truth! To be at such peace with your life is incredibly moving to read. So many feel that a *particular* outcome is the answer they seek, that experiencing physical healing is the proof that we got something right, or the proof we’ve been healed. It’s all an inside job, isn’t it? It really doesn’t matter what’s going on outside of us, what our body says, what others say. To have your head and heart aligned is to experience healing. It is to know you are whole NOW.

    I am moved beyond words sometimes by the depth and honesty expressed here. You are held in admiration and love by those who will read your words. It’s the golden thread that binds us, the golden thread that heals us.

    Love to you sweet Carla….simply love.


  2. Ark Lady says:

    You positive spirit is a good thing and I send best wishes and healing thoughts for your recovery. Dr Vargas in Mexico has been very successful with all types of cancer and my holistic practitioner and his clinic recently saved the life of a breast cancer patient I met personally.

    I’ll leave you Helene’s link here and urge you to discuss it with her or to get on the phone with Dr. Vargas. She can give you his number.

    Leaving you with light and blessings,

    Helene can be reached here:

  3. Erin says:

    May the Universe, God/Goddess, Angels, and Spirits of the Light surround you in the white light of love and protection on your journey.

    Love and blessings to you,

  4. Hi Carla,
    What a wonderful companion Purr Boy is. A companion being to share this road with you. You can see the intelligence and depth of spirit in his eyes.

    The Gorge is one of the most beautiful places on earth in my opinion. If your view is as I imagine it it must fill your heart with harmony and grounding. As I travel up and down I-84 I will think of you and your journey. Blessing to you, as you walk the path we all will walk. Your expression of courage and understanding is a gift we can all share.


  5. valerie says:

    I read your paragraph and wanted to send words of some kind but don’t know what it is I want to say…maybe it’s just we all have to choose how we live our lives and how we deal with what comes our way. You are courageous. That is a very admirable trait. I wish you well in your journey and beyond.


  6. kathey says:

    Dearest Lady, I am so full of gratitude to you for your ability to tell us about what you are experiencing in your life at this time, and in such a heartfelt, strong, womanly way. You are very courageous and an inspiration to me, one who is very sorrowful about my own dying process. Your words are good juju. Thanks always, Carla, and hugs and blessings for today and tomorrow to you, and to Purr Boy.

  7. Karuna says:


    Much Metta and Karuna as you walk this path. I am inspired and encouraged as I read your words. You, indeed, have made incredible choices.

    Namaste, Wise Woman!

  8. DT says:

    This really makes you stop and think what is truely so important in life.

    Purr Boy really makes things a little bit easier no matter what we are given in life.

  9. Carter says:

    Carla, my heart goes out to you. I admire your courage and wisdom in choosing quality of life over the rigors of convention. We receive this life to live the best way we can. No one ever escapes the inevitable end so the best we can do is enjoy what few moments we have.

    Death can happen at any time. A great Toltec teacher once said to use death as an adviser. If we understand that everything we say or do may be our last, we start to consider our words and acts carefully. In light of the end we speak and act our best.

    Keep love in your heart, be guided by Good, and let death be your adviser. The rest is mystery.


  10. Robin says:

    Hello Carla,

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story and letting us meet your wonderful companion, Purr Boy.

    The assumption that healing must take the form of physical recovery is an interesting one. The medical profession has a long way to go in terms of relinquishing its self-appointed godliness and recognizing death as a natural–and yes, healing–transition.

    I’m also in Oregon (Eugene-Springfield) and think your part of the state is gorgeous.

    Blessings, love and peace to you always!


  11. pamala barbee says:

    Hey Carla,

    I feel for you, and you know animals are really healing. I am looking for a girl name Carla Heart that I went to H.S. with in the 80’s. Did you ever live in Matteson, or do you have a brother name Jeff, if so please get in contact with me if not I hope your journey is a peaceful one.

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