An interview with Sheila Collins who has written a memorable book about her experiences as a mother having lost two of her three adult children to horrific diseases – AIDS and breast cancer. In the writing, she reentered those years of anxiety, trauma, and hope to better understand what transpired there.
In the journey of walking both children through their medical journey and, ultimately, to the final days of their life, she drew upon her background as a social worker, her experience in improvisational dance, song, storytelling and women’s spirituality rituals to cope and give her strength and insight.
In our interview today, we’ll talk about her rich experiences, deep love and her new book: Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and Rituals that Heal.
Sheila Collins, PhD has been a dancer, social worker, university professor, clinic director, writer, and improvisational performance artist. She currently directs the Wing & A Prayer, Pittsburgh Players, an InterPlay-based improvisational performance troupe that assists human service agencies in serving noble purposes in the Pittsburgh community.
In addition to her latest book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and Rituals that Heal, Sheila has written about the power of play, dance, and the expressive arts in her book, Stillpoint: The Dance of Selfcaring, Selfhealing, a playbook for people who do caring work. You can also read her blog, Dancing With Everything which is on her website, www.sheilacolllins.com