About Me: I am a Woman Warrior, surviving 2 kinds of cancer, breast and melanoma. I have given birth to 2 amazing women warriors, each has given birth to their own daughters! All of my daughter's babies have been born at home, one in a birthing tub, one while my daughter was standing up! I teach 2nd grade in a public school and was recently appointed to the county Library Advisory Council by the county supervisor. I am an extreme liberal, vote by mail, vice chair the Irish Caucus for the Democratic Party and I am an honorary member of the International Camel Jockeys Association. I was given the tremendous honor of a Shinto wedding in Akashi, Japan by my Japanese friends/my husband and I were the first non-Japanese couple to be married in 1500 years in the Akashi Shinto Shrine(Akashi is where the time is set for Japan). Tolerance is a value I walk daily.

My Passions: Travel/meeting people in many cultures/Art/Sushi/My Daughters/My Family

My Challenges: overcoming self-doubt/tolerating religious zealots OR NOT

My Vision for the Future: honoring one another for our differences

My Areas of Expertise: Education/Political organizing

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Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!



This is going to be enlightening and eye-opening to say the least! Loved reading about you and your ideas of fun. Tell me-how is breast cancer discussed in your country-early detection with mammograms and self checks? Being a breast cancer survivor I am curious and hopeful for others in the world to have the same opportunities for early diagnosis and treatment. I was misdaignosed, so I won't pretend to think that all of the world is aggressive about women's health issues.

On a more inquisitive note - I, too, am a movie addict and love watching movies at home and in the theatre. Any recent favorites? Take care and many blessings. Teena

Thanks for the response and I so agree with you about "Accepting the things we cannot change" now that is a REAL challenge. I was brought in as a member into an all African-American Breast Cancer Support and Women's Empowerment Group 6 years ago here in the San Francisco Bay area. When I speak now with the founder of our group and a mover and shaker in her own powerful way-she always brings me up onto the stage by introducing me as "You can see, Teena and I are sistas with the same mother BUT we had different fathers!" as I walk up with my red hair and hazel eyes standing next to her black hair and black eyes. I am proud to be a member of this group and help whenever I can - driving women to their mammogram apts. (our group works with underserved women of color who are uninsured) patient navigating women when in treatment.

Thanks for welcoming me - tell me a story of hope and renewal you have experienced in your travels. I would love to hear it.


Dear Teena,

We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I love that you describe yourself as a woman warrior! And you're passing these lessons and attributes to your daughters - creating a traditional of strong women. Love it!

I encourage you to continue writing in your journal. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of over 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

This is a safe space for women to share, connect, learn, support and grow in the empowerment process together. WELCOME!

Warm regards, Jade

Online Community Manager World Pulse

Today has been an interesting and humbling day. I appeared on our local paper's front page and then also in the paper where I teach (I live in Vallejo, California and teach in Vacaville, California). It was a very life-affirming human interest article about the work I do and the recent appointment to the county library advisory council of myself by the newly elected female county supervisor. I feel life is very revealing these days and I am on a path I have not been on before.

I am eager and open to all possibilities and I sense 2010 will be a powerful year ahead for me.

It is important to have a shelter in the turbulance of life-a safety net to catch me when I need to pour out my soul. I appreciate your kind words encouraging me to express myself in such a safe environment as PulseWire. It is amazing to be part of an artery that pulses in the daily existence.

Be well, sister Warrior, Teena