In February of 2003, I was a left-handed woman, wife and mother in apparent good health. I ate reasonably well, was physically active, had annual checkups, practiced meditation and yoga, attended church regularly, and volunteered in the community.
Today, I am all of those things plus the grandmother of 4; except now, after diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcoma, I am a right-handed amputee with a renewed purpose for life - a mission to share a message equipping individuals with the perspective and resources necessary to navigate the inevitable changes that occur in life, by design or by happenstance, while recognizing the powerful potential for transformation by embracing “what is”.
A mountain climber, writer, author, educator, cancer advocate and inspiring presenter, Ruth contributes her time, her resources and her talents, bringing a timeless message to diverse audiences, about the one constant in life -- change.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ruth has served as a kindergarten teacher, children's choir director, aerobics instructor, international travel guide and volunteer coordinator. Her 25+ years of public speaking experience includes work with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Encountering a life changing cancer diagnosis in 2003 lead Ruth to her most demanding role— stepping boldly into life as an amputee.
Ruth serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and conducts Healing on Purpose workshops for the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Fairview Southdale Hospital Board of Trustees, a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee, a contributor to the MN Cancer Alliance Cancer Support Network, a speaking ambassador for Community Health Charities Minnesota, and a spokesperson for the Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign. In her role as a cancer advocate, Ruth attended the 6th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference in Washington, DC. And, finally, she participated in a remarkable trip to Nepal where she climbed 2 2/3 mountains with Above and Beyond Cancer. The only 64 year old in the group to make it to 19,200 feet!
Out of a deep sense of gratitude, Ruth donates all speaking fees and proceeds from the sale of her book and other Hourglass merchandise to support cancer research, awareness and advocacy. Read more.