About the Author
Fran Smith teaches GCSE English and English as a Foreign Language. Before becoming a teacher she worked for the Probation Service for ten years. Her first job after school was on the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, where, among other things, she wrote wedding reports and the People and Pets column. She lives in a village at the edge of the Fens.
Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, integrates her scientific research in mind-body medicine; clinical experience as an oncology, psychiatric, and hospice nurse; and mindfulness meditation practice and teaching to improve the well-being of those affected by medical illnesses and help other health care professionals do the same for their clients. She is the Tussi and John Kluge Endowed Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care at the University Of Virginia School Of Nursing in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the President of the Society for Integrative Oncology. She was formerly Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar and associate professor of nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.
Bauer-Wu is an accomplished researcher and scholar whose work has focused on the effects of chronic stress and the benefits of mindfulness and compassion practices in the face of debilitating illness and other life stress. She has provided significant service and leadership to many national and international organizations, and has earned several esteemed awards. She teaches training programs on mindfulness-based stress reduction and contemplative end-of-life care and facilitates resiliency retreats and workshops for health care professionals, as well as patients and families affected by chronic medical conditions.
Learn more about Bauer-Wu's work at http: //www.thrivingtoday.com.