KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference 2017

KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference

NspireDbyNicolle presents it’s 2nd Annual Cancer Conference

KaleidoscopeDE 2017



On Saturday, September 23rd at the Ramada Inn in Newark, Delaware, NspireDbyNicolle presented its 2nd Annual KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference – Empowering Survivors  ~ Mind, Body & Spirit.



It was a beautiful Saturday and the KaleidoscopeDE Cancer conference was attended by more than 50 women, some cancer thrivers others were caregivers and supporters.   


KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference


The day began with registration and a light breakfast with vendor exhibits and information.  Each attendee received several Tote Bags donated by Tanger Outlets which contained informational sheets and other goodies including a full box of Organic Honey from Queen Honey and Hemp Oil Samples from Kannaway.


KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference



KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference

After a brief introduction by myself and a welcome from Nicolle, the day began with Empowerment sessions.


KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference


Empowerment Session 1:


KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference

Dr. Dee Grace, PhD, of Bedside Manners  is a cancer patient advocate who teaches that we can “conquer and prevent cancer holistically”  She spoke about the importance of eating healthy eating as well as provided tips on how to purchase and prepare various fruits and vegetables.  She prepared a delicious green smoothie for us to sample using fresh ingredients. 

You may recall that Dr. Dee was a guest on my Podcast recently and you can listen to the entire broadcast interview here.  


Empowerment Session 2:


Holistic Dentists


Dr. Grace Liu, and Dr. Lewis Yu, owners of All About Smiles; spoke about holistic dentistry and “preparing your mouth for the fight of your life: what you should know to optimize your oral health”.  This husband and wife duo told us about the danger of mercury fillings as well as the proper technique for removing mercury restorations.


Midday, we broke for lunch which also gave the attendees an opportunity to check out the vendors and exhibitors where they could receive a little pampering with a chair massage and/or hand massage as well as receive samples from Chanel and organic honey tasting from Queen Honey. 

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I even indulged in my first chair massage!


KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference



hoagies from Jimmy John's


After lunch which was prepared by Jimmy Johns and Mama’s in the Kitchen we listened to Joan DelFattore, Ph.D., from Christiana Care Health System, “Beyond Journaling: How Writing Can Help to Relieve Stress.  Whether you’ve been keeping a journal for years or are new to reflective writing, the presentation helped us learn more about research-based techniques for using writing to relieve stress.

Empowerment Session 3


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Our vendors in support of KaleidoscopeDE included:


  • Beads by Carol
  • BJ’s
  • Costco
  • Danio Diary
  • Delaware Health and Social Services
  • Health Care Solutions Delaware Valley
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Life Changing Hands Massage
  • Chanel at Macy’s Christiana
  • Mama’s in the Kitchen
  • New Life Floors
  • Organized for Life
  • Pike Creek Dental
  • Prana Bodyworks
  • Queen Honey
  • Staples
  • Tanger Outlets
  • The Women’s Business Center
  • Trader Joe’s
  • WaWa
  • Wilderman Physical Therapy
  • Your Passport to Travel  


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Thanks to many of these vendors, we were able to give away several Door Prizes, some were valued over $600!  


Thanks to everyone who supported KaleidoscopeDE it was a wonderful day and since we all have been touched by cancer, together we must continue working towards making this a cancer-free world.   

Head over to my Facebook or Instagram pages to see more pictures and live stream video.


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KaleidoscopeDE 2017 Cancer Conference

Cancer…a word that conjures up emotions such as fear and uncertainty, despair and hopelessness.

Cancer…a word that approximately 1 in 3 women will hear as a diagnosis in her lifetime.

Cancer…a word that makes even the strongest person feel vulnerable.

Cancer…a word that forever changed my life.

2017 marks Nicolle Surrette’s 6th “cancer-versary” as a breast cancer “thriver!” The great news is that the number of women like her who are living with cancer is on the rise. As we embrace a “new normal,” the shift into survivorship comes with its own challenges. There IS life after cancer treatment. However, women cancer survivors must assume more responsibility for their health and well-being.


Nicolle Surratte


Nicolle’s company, NspireD, proudly announces the 2nd Annual KALEIDOSCOPE: Empowering Survivors ~ Mind, Body & Spirit Conference for women living with all types of cancer. A kaleidoscope, which can be defined as a “diverse collection,” has its origin in the Greek language and means “an observation of beautiful forms.” On September 23, 2017, a diverse collection of approximately 100 beautiful cancer survivors and their female caregivers will converge at the Ramada Inn in Newark, Delaware.


The conference will help women improve their health and reduce their risk of cancer recurrence in ways that do not require prescription medications. Workshop topics for last year’s inaugural event included mindfulness, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and stress management. Topics for this year include holistic dentistry: the mouth-body connection, narrative medicine: writing for wellness, Oncology yoga, and more.




“I ask that you consider partnering with NspireD for this event with sponsorship opportunities still available. This year, NspireD is working with Film Brothers to offer full promotional videos to sponsors. What a great way to advertise your business beyond the fall conference. A reply on or before September 5, 2017, would be much appreciated. If you have any questions and/or would like more information, please contact me at 610.812.9997.”

Cancer…a small word that touches everyone in some way, shape or form.

KALEIDOSCOPE was created to help survivors manage survivorship better. As a partner, please do not focus on the cost of sponsorship. Instead, I ask that you think about what it will provide in terms of your return on investment, and its impact on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.

For your consideration, I thank you!

Nicolle D. Surratte, CEO/Founder

Listen to the Podcast with Nicolle and Dr. Dee Grace to learn more about the conference.  


Let’s Chat:  Do you know a woman who is thriving with cancer?


The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.  This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.
Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely insane in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.

Caregivers, Cancer & KaleidoscopeDE Conference

4 years ago, we lost my mother-in-law Adelaide Elizabeth Blake who succumbed to colon cancer on August 31, 2013.



Hubby was a caregiver to her for about a year before she passed and I saw the toll that it took on him.  Caregiving can be both rewarding and challenging but most importantly, caregivers should remember to take care of themselves while providing care for the person with cancer.

9 times out of 10, caregivers are often family members or friends who provide important physical, practical, and emotional support to a person with cancer. Caregivers may have a range of responsibilities on a daily or as-needed basis. Below are just a few of the responsibilities caregivers may take on:


  • Providing support and encouragement

  • Giving medications;

  • Helping manage symptoms and side effects

  • Coordinating medical appointments

  • Providing a ride to appointments

  • Assisting with meals

  • Helping with household chores

  • Handling insurance and billing issues


Many caregivers live in the home of a cancer patient others care from a distance which was the case with my husband as he shared duties with Adelaide’s sister Alda who moved up from Maryland.  


Fortunately, there are now programs in which caregivers can be provided financial assistance when caring for a loved one which helps tremendously. Thanks to innovations in Medicaid and the Department of Veterans Affairs, older adults and people with disabilities are designing their own in-home care programs and hiring family members (and, in rare cases, spouses).


There’s still a long way to go to meet the needs of all families but for more information, check out the AARP.org website.  


On Sunday’s Podcast, I interviewed Nicolle Surratte, founder of the KaleidoscopeDE Cancer Conference and Dr. Dee Grace, who works tirelessly on conquering and preventing cancer using a holistic approach.  We talked about how stress can have a major impact on the caregivers and also how it plays a role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.  


Click the link to hear the entire Podcast.



The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.  This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.
Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely insane in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.


Comedy and Cancer – Do They Mix?

Cancer is no laughing matter but humor is healing and healthy.  

Have you ever been in a tense or difficult situation when you suddenly burst into a fit of giggles?  Or feel a release or rejuvenated after watching a side-splittingly funny movie?  It turns out there’s some scientific veracity behind the old adage “laughter is the best medicine.”  When you’re feeling down finding friends to laugh with can help your brain trigger its own laughter response and foster closeness, both of which contribute to your sense of well-being.  

Comedy and Cancer – do they mix?  Yes, on Saturday, June 3rd come out and listen to some of the hottest comedians in the industry – cancer thrivers and survivors using humor as a way to heal.


Tickets are Available At Eventbrite

Check out my Podcast as I speak with my friend, Nicolle Surratte, a Cancer Thriver and Creator of KalediscopeDE as we discuss the 2nd Annual Comedy & Cocktails Fundraiser being held on June 3rd at The Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington.