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Shining the Diamond of My Soul

By Tara Coyote

My life has been a jagged, windy road and I’m grateful for every growth opportunity that comes my way. Five years ago, my best friend of 19 years died from Leukemia. I was honored to be one of her main caretakers for 22 months from diagnosis to death. Her death helped bring a valuable awareness of my own mortality.

One year after she died, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. For 2.5 years I chose an exclusively natural non-toxic approach to healing. During this time, I ran a horse retreat center where people could spend healing time with horses. A very unfortunate event occurred, which forced me to sell my business, horses, and retreat center. Due to the immense stress, the cancer progressed to be Stage 4 in multiple areas in my body.

After this life-changing event, I decided to move back home to my ancestral home of Kauai, Hawaii with the intention to heal. In the winter of 2019, I had cancer in my breast, lungs, liver, spine, adrenal glands, and left hip. I was referred to Hospice. I was petrified.

As my body declined, I had to take a hard look at my belief system and whether or not to stay committed to healing naturally. Was I going to die for my stubborn choice of not doing chemotherapy or was I brave enough to do the thing I feared the most, which was chemotherapy? After my best friend’s death, I had an extreme amount of trauma to process, which fueled my fear of doing chemotherapy. I chose life!

The mind is meant to be questioned and belief systems can be changed.

I ended up doing nine months of chemotherapy. In that time, I ended up breaking my hip and having to have double hip surgery due to bone metastasis. In February 2020, I finished treatment with remarkable results! Since then, I continue to have the blood tests of a healthy, normal person. My CT scans continue to have miraculous results and the cancer continues to shrink!

I am very aware how fragile life is. Living with a life-threatening diagnosis has been challenging, but I have learned the most valuable gift. I now know that every moment I’m alive is precious. I’m truly appreciative of my beautiful body, spirit, heart, and soul.

It’s usually the most difficult moments that grow us and stretch us to new levels of awareness. Diamonds are birthed under pressure. I know that as deeply as I’m challenged, I will in turn be gifted with incredibly valuable insights. I choose to be grateful and enjoy every moment that I can!

I wrote an Amazon bestseller titled, ‘Grace, Grit & Gratitude: A Cancer Thriver’s Journey from Hospice to Full Recovery with the Healing Power of Horses’ where I share my story. You can find it at:

Connect with Tara on Instagram and Twitter: @taracoyote

Thank you for allowing us to share your story, Tara! SBC loves you! Resources & Support:


Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


The Caregiver Huddle

Third Tuesday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month



July 19,  10:00 a.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

July 15 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

July 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


Art Therapy

August 5, 6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

August 13, 11:30 a.m. ET


Forest Bathing

August 13,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

August 20,  6:00 p.m. ET


Más eventos en español


Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


Después de un Diagnóstico

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