Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos – WOMAN of ACTION™

A Celebration of Women™

is absolutely excited to

Celebrate the Life of this one Woman who, through adversity

and severe illness, found her own Spirit and not only Survived,

She Thrived!


Kathleen O’Keefe-Kavanos

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos was born to a military family, raised in Europe, taught Special Education for 10 years and Psychology at the University of South Florida.

She is a two time breast cancer survivor.

I survived by using something many in the medical field do not even acknowledge as being real.

My innate intuition.

You have it too.

Learn to listen to it.

It may save your life one day…


I am an agented author represented by Scovil, Galen & Ghosh Literary Agency and has penned the book.

SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Psychic Aspects of Healing is my account of how I used my intuition to self-advocate a course of treatment, often against the vehement advice of my doctors, in my healing process.

Always work with your doctors, but never forget:

” You make the Final Decisions.”

I hope my story can help you make ‘Better Decisions’.

Kathleen explains:

“There is almost always a point in the process of illness where logic, reason, and medical expertise fails. It’s at this point a patient slips through the cracks, sometimes never recovering.”

“I had completed my second chemotheraopy for my second battle with breast cancer and was at a Christmas party. Someone snapped this picture of me having a good time. It is important to laugh and party in life, no matter the challenge.”

Kathleen takes Action!

….for Her Spiritual Journey of Healing, and gets in touch with Nature.

“It was Dec. and my first open water dive. I landed next to that shark, and the instructor snapped the underwater picture. Since then I have done more than 500 dives and only 35 of those were without sharks. Sharks were my puppy dogs of the water world.”

Sometimes life’s callings are like kittens, they choose you. I never wanted to be a writer. And, I and she definitely didn’t want to be a cancer patient. Yet, here I am writing about surviving. There is often a point in the process of illness where logic, reason, and medical expertise fails.

“Just before I started my second round of cancer treatments, I went horseback riding through the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs.

“The Canyons are an oasis on the Indian Reservation in the middle of the desert.”

“My ‘doctor within’ came to my rescue as I battled recurrent advanced breast cancer that was missed by the medical community. I survived by using my female intuition/inner voice to self-advocate. I always worked with my doctors,

but never forgot to make the final decisions…

“I used this Inner Power to Heal Myself and teach my doctors”.


Today, Kathleen never stops….


Kathy is an inspirational speaker, phone counselor for R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation, a mentor for WE CAN– a self-help group.

Colette Baron-Reid’s Intuition Now

She contributes to :

She is a member of the International REIKI Association’s blog and website, ACOR (Association of Cancer Online Resources) blogger and web chat, NBCC (National Breast Cancer Coalition) journal and blogger, USA TODAY Community Blog, LinkedIn, linked to

heal@healthcarewhisperer.com, http://survivingcancerland.blogspot.com/, tweets,

http://twitter.com/PsychicHealing and is a volunteer for many cancer organizations and online groups.

Freedom….to help others!

She also writes a cancer Q& a column in the health section of Cape Women Online Magazine.

Kathleen also speaks directly to people as a phone counselor for the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. Twenty-two percent of women who die each year in this country have lost their battle with cancer. Nearly everyone of us has a family member, friend or an acquaintance who has taken a journey through Cancerland. How have you been inspired by others who have had the experienced or shared it with someone?


I hope my story helps you.

Twitter @ PsychicHealing

FaceBook @ Kathleen Okeefe-Kanavos

Kathleen’s Blog:


Colette Barron-Reid: http://www.colettebaronreid.com/intuitivenow

Kathy is Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Executive Professional of the Year 2009-2010.

A Celebration of Women™

holds this Woman of Action within deep Appreciation
for her Celebrating her Life with the Women of Our World.

Brava Kathleen!

A Celebration of Women Original Post: April 29, 2010 Editted: May 6, 2011, Nov. 14, 2011, June 5, 2012


  1. And this woman salutes you right back, Bill. Thanks.
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  2. Hi Tiffany,
    I am so touched by your comment. Yes, sometimes we have to just let go and let God. Obviously, you are very special to Him, and me. thanks for sharing your story with us. it gives us all faith in a Higher Power.
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos.

  3. Hi Suri,
    Thanks so much for your kind words! They have made my year.!
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  4. I feel so honored. Thanks so much!
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  5. Thank you for those kind words, Lauri.
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  6. Thanks Renie,
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  7. Hi Leslie,
    thanks and I am doing my best to get the word out. Thanks for being such big help.
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  8. Hi Kenji,
    It is a real pleasure to meet you as well!
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos.

  9. Hi Sonia,
    I do have a bit of the Gypsie in me because I am an Army Brat. LOL!! Thanks for your kind words.
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  10. Hi Elizabeth,
    Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to comment. It is my deep desire to help others with my book.
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  11. Hi Geneva, thanks for taking the time to comment. I too look forward to being united with women of faith. Science goes so far and then comes God.
    Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

  12. I salute a woman of such well developed faith. 3 John 2

  13. Hi Kathleen,
    I am currently going through the after cancer treatment stage and fully believe that I would be dead right now if it had not been for my faith. I thought that I had to fight cancer but in reality I had to accept it and give it to my higher power to deal with. I was about 5 weeks into a 7 week radiation treatment and having chemo at the same time. I was unable to put anything into my mouth and was being fed formula thru a tube inserted directly into my stomach. I was so sick that I didn’t care if I lived or died. It was then that I finally realized how powerless I was and turned it all over to my higher power. It was still a long road ahead and can still be when I am having a bad day but I know beyond a doubt that it wasn’t chemo or radiation that saved my life. Reading about you has brought a smile to my face this morning. Thanks sister.

  14. Dear Kath, I’m soooo proud of you!

    Congrats for this wonderful feature on this awesome website ! Love you, my friend. Thank you for everything you do to help other women.!

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  16. Loyal readers are tough to come by, but u have just converted me! 🙂

  17. Kathleen, This is truly impressive what you’ve put together. Thank you for sharing what you’ve done. Wishing you the very best, Lauri

  18. Bravo, Kathleen! You have so much to teach all of us.

  19. Nicely put together. The word needs to get out for people. We rely too heavily on medical practitioners

  20. Pamela Richmond says:

    Thank you for letting me know you better Kathleen, I applaud your efforts to make a difference. Namaste’

  21. Kenji Kubo says:

    You are great personand challenging sprit you have I shorld learn from you,
    Nice to meet you i am so glad,

  22. I love your website, very inspiring. YOu are the kind of woman I like to write about, except most of my women characters at this point are Gypsies. Love and admiration to you.

  23. Hi Kat! I’m so sorry I missed the chat and didn’t get to meet you last night. I enjoyed reading your post here and getting to know you a little bit. Great photos! I was at the dr. several times last week for a lump that I found in my right breast. It turned out to be cystic breast tissue, but I did listen to my intuition about noticing that it was different than the other “lumps” and got it checked out right away. I’m relieved that it’s nothing serious.

    It is so wonderful to meet you, and a cancer survivor no less! You are a hero to many in that you beat such an awful disease! I lost my mom to cancer when I was 18, and I love hearing stories of survival. It makes me believe there is still hope for others with the diagnosis of cancer. I love your positive outlook and your enthusiasm for life really comes out in this post! Great job!

    My 13 year old and I are doing the Race for the Cure in Philadelphia on Mother’s Day. I’ll be thinking of you! Looking forward to chatting with you soon!

  24. I am so grateful to personally know Kathy. And, have had the privilege of reading her book “Surviving Cancerland”. Kathy’s personal journey of surviving breast cancer twice is the most interesting, inspiring and informative stories I have yet to read!!! I admire her attitude, her faith, and that she honored and followed her intuition which saved her life. A great reminder for us all. Kathy’s spirit is wise, kind and generous, and this world is a better place because of her.

  25. This sounds like a remarkable book, with a wonderful message. We none of us know what health issues await us as we journey through life, and this sounds like a good handbook for meeting any challenge.

  26. thank you for the friend request. i am already enjoying this site. i sent it to my bff joy, who just completed chemo and rad tx for breast cancer.

    there is power in agreement and i believe this will not defeat women!

    i look forward to the camaraderie of being united with women of faith who empower others.

  27. Nancy Portolesi says:

    I am proud to say that I have been a friend of Kathy’s for about 8 years now. I knew her when she had her second battle with cancer and, for the most part, was unaware she was even in a battle. She is simply amazing! She does live by the light and has a pure and open heart. She lives life to the fullest and takes anyone, that is willing, along with her for the ride. Hence, I was not surprised when she wanted to write a book and share with so many others her positive, unique, and courageous experiences with cancer. You will meet no one as genuine, sincere, and forthcoming as she. I feel fortunate to walk this life with her and to call her my friend.

  28. We have all heard that Angels exsist on earth and let me tell you Kathleen is one of these beings. Not only is her story extrodinarily inspiring, she is a loving, generous and gentle Soul. You must listen to her interview “A Courageous Act of Faith” on my radio show “Blessings For Your Soul” at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haileywiseman or download the podcast at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blessings-for-your-soul-hailey/id363484081

    She will inspire you to look inside and listen to that voice of guidance that knows the truth. It saved her life!

    I invite you to visit my website. I would love to hear your story and what inspires you.

    With faith, hope, love and inspiration – Hailey

  29. Kathleen is a wonderful woman on so many levels. I’ve never met her face-to-face but we have become sisters through the ‘Net. She is responsible for introducing me to this site. You have to come and visit mine http://www.LivingintheHeartland.com. It is this site’s sister. See how I celebrate women and their accomplishments. You may also want to check out my new book Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women’s Stories. Midwest Book Review gave my book 5-stars. MBR said Living in the Heartland is intriguing and a highly worthwhile read. Living in the Heartland is a compelling story of real Americans – women who are heroines not because of remarkable feats but in the graceful way they live in the face of challenges. The stories in the book chronicle the lives of a Native American, an African-American Muslim, and a Korean-born adoptee. Living in the Heartland:Three Extraordinary Women’s Stories is a celebration of women. It’s available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com.

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