Giving help, hope to cancer victims
By Amanda Korman, Berkshire Eagle, October 11,2011
Jean Emberlin says she just likes knowing help is available. Emberlin, 58, of Sheffield, received a scholarship from the Women’s Cancer Wellness Fund for complementary treatments she credits with helping to restore her self-confidence after she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in May.

“Just to know that there are funds out there … that’s a big boost,” said Emberlin, who used the scholarship to receive treatment from Native American healer Mikka Barkman in Great Barrington. Read more

Berkshire County breast cancer walks
By Nichole DuPont, Advocate Weekly, October 5, 2011
Ten years ago, my friend Carol and I seemed to be living parallel lives. We were both teachers and single mothers at the time, trying to raise our infant daughters on a shoestring budget and with very little energy. We both had rundown cars that somehow got us where we needed to go — you could hear her little red VW rabbit roll into the school parking lot long before you could see it.

Eventually, Carol had something that I did not; breast cancer. After a long uphill battle with chemo, hair loss, exhaustion and the best sense of humor, Carol lost the bravest fight I’ve ever seen. Her daughter was just a year old. Read more

Jane Iredale, The Pastures to sponsor breast cancer walk, Berkshire Record, October 22-28, 2010
“The inspiration for the walk is to make sure women going through their journey with cancer can get funding for holistic healthcare services, like acupuncture, nutrition counseling, massage, energy work, whatever healthcare services they need that aren’t covered by medical insurance,” said Hughes. Read more

Breast Health Handbook, Shape Magazine, October 2010

The Pastures: A Spa for Wellness Down on the FarmRural Intelligence, 2009
A “spa day” does not mean what it once did for Bridget Ford Hughes.  A massage therapist who worked at
Canyon Ranch for many years and travelled the globe as part of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger’s entourage (which is how she ended up massaging Mick Jagger on the island of Mustique), Hughes and her husband, sculptor Jonathan Prince, settled five years ago into a beautifully renovated dairy barn in Southfield, MA,  where he could make his large-scale stone sculpture and she would run a personal training-and-massage studio. But before she could launch her business, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the massage tables were turned upside down. Read more