A nationally respected writer, educator, cancer advocate, inspirational speaker and author Ruth brings a timeless message about the one constant in life – change.
A Minnesota native, Ruth has served as a kindergarten teacher, children's choir director, aerobics instructor, international travel guide and volunteer coordinator. Ruth has been speaking to the public for over 25 years which has included work with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. However, it was her 2003 encounter with a life-changing cancer diagnosis that lead Ruth to her current role – that of an advocate for integrative care for cancer survivors and a role model for managing change whole-heartedly; with resilience, courage, and grace.
Before 2003, Ruth was a left-handed woman, wife and mother, in apparent good health. She ate reasonably well, was physically active, had annual checkups, practiced yoga and meditation, attended church regularly, volunteered in the community and even read to 4 year olds weekly! It has been said that “expecting bad things not to happen to you just because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge just because you are a vegetarian!”
Ruth serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and conducts workshops on behalf of the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. She is a spokesperson for the Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign, a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee, a contributor to the MN Cancer Alliance Cancer Support Network, and a speaking ambassador for Community Health Charities Minnesota and the Angel Foundation. Ruth had the privilege of participating in the Above & Beyond Cancer pilgrimage to Nepal in 2012.
Out of a deep sense of gratitude, Ruth donates all proceeds from Growing Through The Narrow Spots to support cancer education, advocacy and research.