Survivor Stories 2014:
Paulette Sherman


1. How did you first find out you had cancer? 

I was having stomach pain and they ordered a bunch of tests including an MRI and they threw in a mammogram. They found something suspicious and upon a second mammogram they knew it was a lump. Then I had it biopsied and was diagnosed.

2. How did you react when you heard the news? 

I was scared. I walked the beach and asked if i had done what I needed to do here. The answer came back yes but I felt like my Higher Self told me I had a legacy of 22 books left to write, to inspire people to love more. This made me feel that I would have time left.

3. What course of treatment were you prescribed? 

I had to get 8 chemotherapies and 33 radiation treatments, plus a lumpectomy. I lost all my hair and a few toenails.

4. What most surprised you about your treatment?

I think I was surprised that as hard as it was, it was manageable. I was able to continue working and seeing clients, write my books and do what I needed to do.

5. What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis? 

Find a context bigger than your cancer, something you are passionate about that brings you positive energy.

6. How long have you been cancer free?

Almost 3 years.

7. What lessons did you learn from the experience? 

I learned that my Spirit was stronger than my body and that my soul’s purpose should guide my life.

8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?

Use your time to love and to pursue your gifts and passion. We are all here to make a difference in our own unique way.


Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman is a psychologist, author, breast cancer survivor, wife and mother of two. She wrote, ‘The Cancer Path: A Spiritual Journey into Healing, Wholeness & Love,’ ‘The Create Your Own Cancer Path Workbook’ and ‘My Quick Guide Through Breast Cancer.’