GLS Women’s Wellness Feature: Beyond Surviving to Thriving


Meet Lynn Van Keuren. She was a participant from our 2012 Women’s Wellness Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors. She has returned to GLS several times as an alumni voluteer for Women’s Wellness events, welcoming new participants to their retreat experience. The retreat weekend-connecting with nature, bonding with other survivors, the heartfelt compassion of the staff, learning effective tools for reducing stress, and receiving information that helped her understand her post-cancer body changes-was powerfully transformational for Lynn.

Lynn says, “I am a big believer in GLS, and I know firsthand that the earlier women are exposed to this healing environment and the transforming effects of a retreat experience, the better their quality of life can be as they move on and past their cancer into their new normal. It was such a life-changing experience that I want to tell every woman I meet about it, anyone who has to face breast cancer or has someone in their lives with breast cancer. Don’t waste a moment, sign up, get there, and don’t let anything get in your way…Nothing is more important than the time you can spend at a Women’s Wellness Retreat. The changes that can happen to you there and the other women you meet are crucial. It allows you to fully heal and move forward in your life, to move beyond breast cancer.”