#106: Living With Cancer & Braving Grief

“The freight train to death turned into a catalyst for change.” What is it like to face and survive an incurable stage IV cancer diagnosis? The renowned Kris Carr is here to share that, her phenomenal journey, and how to face the big messy emotions that happen when life falls apart. 


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Hi friends!

We're so encouraged to share with you Kris Carr's fascinating journey of facing and surviving an incurable stage IV cancer diagnosis and the profound wisdom she gleaned along the way. This moving episode will speak to so many today wrestling with hard things, heavy feelings, and grief.

Kris Carr is a multiple New York Times best-selling author, wellness activist, and cancer thriver. She wrote and directed the documentary film Crazy Sexy Cancer for TLC, and has written many books, including:

Kris is also a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, recognizing the most influential thought-leaders today.

In this episode, Kris warmly teaches our audience how to take back their health and live like they mean it, starting with how we define health, and the role of mindset in overall health. Kris lives out an inspiring model for this as she shares what it is that brings her victory, even in mourning—and it’s more than just staying alive!

Kris reveals the 5 Pillars of Health that revolutionized her life and how they can do the same for you. She digs into the deeply-learned lessons of how to face and manage stress, hard emotions, and even grief to bring about healing and thriving, sharing tools to do so from her most recent book I’m Not a Mourning Person: Braving Loss, Grief, and the Big Messy Emotions That Happen When Life Falls Apart.

Grab a warm drink and a cozy blanket as you settle into this heart-to-heart of genuine, motivational, life-bringing encouragement from one survivor(thriver!) to another.

With love and green dreams,  

♡ Toni & Michelle 


  • Michelle reflects on being one of the “lucky ones” to have a health wake-up call early in life
  • Kris tells her story of receiving a shocking diagnosis of incurable, stage IV cancer
  • How Kris began seeking answers to feel better and where she found help
  • Kris describes how she defines health and why being thoughtful about that is important
  • Advice for mindset and mentality when facing a diagnosis or frightening health news
  • What Kris thinks her biggest victory is
  • Kris distills down the contents of her books into 5 pillars of health that can prevent intimidation
  • Michelle describes how taking a positive outlook on stress has overflowed into her work environment
  • Kris explains how eradicating stress is not the point, and what to do instead
  • How and why to keep engaging in life even when life is fiercely difficult
  • Kris summarizes her new book on mourning and grief and what prompted her to write it
  • Some tools for picking up the pieces and surviving the storms of life
  • Michelle shares the benefits therapy brought to her life
  • Kris encourages that the other side of grief is love, and that the only way out of it is through it
  • Kris advises listeners to not put off life, but to allow good enough to be good enough










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