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'I Want to Live' by Wauneta Lone Wolf-Cox

GLENDALE, Ariz. - "There are no illnesses, only a lack of wellness," is a favorite slogan of activist, teacher and motivational speaker Wauneta Lone Wolf-Cox. "Illness can not exist where there is joy. Illness can not exist where there is wellness."

Lone Wolf-Cox was diagnosed in January of 2001 with inoperable Stage IV lung cancer.

She had never smoked cigarettes, so she was mystified as to how the cancer had started. The cancer spread like wildfire and had metastasized to her lymph nodes and brain within just a few weeks of the first symptoms.

While many people would experience denial and anger, Lone Wolf-Cox was able to accept her diagnosis and realize that her disease had a purpose.

In the 30 minute video, "I Want to Live," by Dream Weavers, Inc., Lone Wolf-Cox shares how she re-examined her life and found healing through joy. She utilizes a wonderful speaking ability to unabashedly convey her very personal spiritual revelations.

Along with her words of encouragement and hope, Lone Wolf-Cox speaks of some of the natural products she used to boost her immune system. She is very careful however not to promote any specific holistic treatments or endorse any products.

In "I Want to Live," Lone Wolf-Cox tells how she returned to her home on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota and sought the counsel of Lakota Yuwipi Medicine Man Warfield Moose Jr. (see "Ben Black Elk Speaks," ICT Vol. 22, Issue 22).

Moose performed several healing ceremonies but also encouraged her to allow Western chemotherapy and radiation courses as well as the traditional herbal and spiritual treatments. "I chose to use both worlds to heal because there is good in all things," said Lone Wolf-Cox.

Also included on the video is footage of a healing ceremony held at the Phoenix Orpheum Theatre on July 24, 2001. The event was held to honor Lone Wolf-Cox and the work she has done with Dream Weavers, Inc. - a group established in 1996 to help heal the scars of gang and domestic violence. A dozen different religions were represented including a Baptist choir, Buddist and Gregorian chants, Islamic and Hebrew prayers, African healing dances and American Indian blessings and songs.

Partial proceeds from video sales will go towards helping cancer patients seek holistic treatments. For more information on how to order the video "I Want to Live" write to Dream Weavers, 4721 W. Walhalla Lane, Glendale, Ariz. 85308. You can also phone (623) 492-9433, fax (623) 492-9520 or e-mail wakiya@aol.com.

The Arizona Republic's Kerry Fehr-Snyder followed Lone Wolf-Cox for nearly a year chronicling her treatment regimen. The resulting multi-part story marked the highs and lows in her battle against the stage IV lung cancer. For those interested in more of the specifics of the medical treatments visit www.news.azcentral.com