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At the age of 34, Heidi Marble heard the words “you have cancer”.

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Waves of Healing

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Ten years ago at the age of 34, Heidi heard the words “you have cancer”. She was given a 1 in 1,000 chance of survival. It seemed her life would be cut short by the virulent rare cancer raging inside her body. Incredibly, she survived for her son, for her husband and for herself. What she thought would be a written and photographic legacy for her son transformed into a book. The title WAITING FOR WINGS exemplifies the metamorphosis Heidi had to endure. Like the caterpillar, she was bald, confined and struggling to set herself free. Early on, she declared her determination to live by having a friend write the words “I Will Survive” on her back during a photo shoot. This primal determination is spilled into the pages of her book. It is more than a story about surviving cancer: it is a love story between and man and a woman, a story of the human spirit and a call to rise up from adversity. To date, Heidi Has had the opportunity to speak in front of thousands of people blending her sense of humor with her message of beating the odds. She has been featured on CBS’S Bay Area Sunday, ABC’s Sacramento and Co. and twice on View From The Bay Talk Show. Her story has filled the front pages of Daily Republic and Reporter Newspapers. She has been an inspirational speaker at over 50 events throughout the country. As Heidi writes, cancer is a thief; it took her breasts, her hair, her fertility but it did not take her spirit. She proudly honors her barren chest on the front cover of her book. By owning her scars she hopes to broaden the spectrum of beauty. In her words, “Being alive is beautiful.” Heidi’s presentations are unique blend of narrative, poetry and photographs. She uses props and humor to engage her audience. After seeing Heidi speak and reading her book, you will be inspired to see your own struggles as a way of finding your wings. As Heidi says “Don’t leave this life with your potential still inside, unfold your wings and fly”.