In February of 2003, Ruth Bachman was a left-handed woman, wife and mother; with a vibrant life in community service; and apparent good health. Today, she is all of those things plus the grandmother of 4; except now, after diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcoma, she is a right-handed amputee with a renewed purpose for her life – a mission to share a message equipping individuals with the perspective and resources necessary to navigate the inevitable changes that occur in life, by design or by happenstance, while recognizing the powerful potential for transformation by embracing “what is”.
Ruth is an educator, a nationally recognized speaker, and an award-winning writer. She brings a timely message about the one constant in life – change. Since 2003, she has contributed her time, her resources and her talents toward fostering the collaboration of the science that heals the body, with the critical role that mind and spirit play toward that end.
Her book “Growing Through the Narrow Spots” was awarded first place in the Inspirational Gift Book category by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association in 2014. More than a book about cancer, it is a roadmap of sorts, encouraging the reader to look closely and patiently at all of life’s challenges – narrow spots – to discover the resources, both internal and external, that are present to help navigate the passage through change.
Ruth is a certified convener in The Art of Convening. She serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and conducts Healing on Purpose workshops for the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Fairview Southdale Hospital Board of Trustees, a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee, a contributor to the MN Cancer Alliance Cancer Support Network, a speaking ambassador for Community Health Charities Minnesota, and a spokesperson for the Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign. In her role as a survivor advocate, Ruth attended the 7th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference in Atlanta, GA. And, finally, she participated in a remarkable trip to Nepal where she climbed 2 2/3 mountains with Above and Beyond Cancer – the only 64 year old in the group to make it to 19,200 feet!
Out of a deep sense of gratitude, Ruth donates all speaking fees and proceeds from the sale of her book and other Hourglass merchandise to support cancer research, awareness and advocacy.
Topics: Caregiver Support; Complimentary Therapies; Coping Techniques; Spirituality; Stress Management; Resilience; Change Management; Survivor Experiences.