Gretchen is a retired licensed psychotherapist who worked with nonprofit agencies for over 25 years. Her client focus was people with mental health and substance abuse and all the various consequences that can arise from those issues.
Gretchen's experience with cancer was on two fronts. First, she walked that path with her partner for over two years until his transition. She describes the experience beyond the sadness, the confusion, and the exhaustion as one of the most incredible experience of her life for self-discovery. She had an experience that led to the understanding of suffering which enabled her to understand the true nature of love. Following that experience she discovered she had skin cancer and because of her understanding of love and the nature of suffering, was able to walk that path with limited concern into her own recovery and a cancer free state.