Life-Threatening Illnesses Focus of Talk

Author Jean Shinoda Bolen, a psychiatry professor at UC San Francisco, will speak June 12 on how to cope with life-threatening illnesses.

Bolen, author of "Close to the Bone: Life Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning," will discuss how people with diseases such as cancer, AIDS or multiple sclerosis can search for meaning in their lives.

Such an illness "impacts relationships, stirs the depths of others and potentially brings the patient and those affected close to the soul's needs," Bolen said. "It also helps people address truly important questions such as, 'What did we come to do? What did we come to learn? What are we here for?' "

Bolen's free lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the GTE Auditorium at 1 GTE Place is sponsored by the Wellness Community, the American Cancer Society, the Los Angeles Times, Barnes & Noble and GTE as part of a National Cancer Survivors Day celebration June 7.

Bolen will be available for book signings from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Her books will be on sale at the event. Part of the proceeds will go to the Wellness Community Foundation, which runs support groups for cancer patients and family members.

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