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Published on October 23, 2015

Finding Peace with a Diagnosis

Husband Speaks on Wife’s Battle with Breast Cancer

Breast cancer survivor Carol Wall was at a crossroads in her life after overcoming breast cancer. Her children were grown, and she was caring for her elderly parents. Wall then met Giles Owita, from Kenya, who taught her a thing or two about gardening and life.

Because of him, when Wall was diagnosed with breast cancer a third time, she was able to find joy and peace, which she detailed her bestselling memoir, “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart.”

Less than a year after her book was published, Wall died from complications due to breast cancer, but her husband Dick Wall continues to share her story and legacy.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dick will discuss his wife’s book at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute in Spartanburg. The event is presented by Spartanburg Regional’s Center for Health & Healing in recognition of breast cancer survivors and those who have passed on but lived with grace. Becky’s Ribbons Alumin Arte table top treasures and other door prizes and light refreshments will be available, and registration is required.

A book signing will follow the discussion of the book and its message of Healing vs. Curing. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Center for Health and Healing to support their work in the community enabling wellness and quality of life through adjunctive, integrative therapies. .

The Center for Health and Healing invites patients, caregivers and staff to find resilience in life’s journey with opportunities to connect Mind, Body and Spirit through Remind Groups, Brainwave Optimization®, Massage Therapy services and these free monthly Keeping Mind Body Connections events.

For more information on the upcoming presentation and book-signing, visit

About Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute is a nationally recognized cancer treatment and research facility associated with the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center program and the Medical University of South Carolina. Named for benefactors Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs and with locations in Spartanburg, Gaffney and Greer, Gibbs is a proven leader in providing effective cancer treatment through advanced technology, professional expertise and an exceptional level of personalized care. Gibbs’ oncology program, which also includes the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering high-quality cancer care. In 2012, Gibbs joined forces with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to expand world-class oncology services and clinical research in the Upstate. In 2013, the Gibbs expanded its research efforts by opening a 7,500-square-foot state-of-the-art facility at Pelham Medical Center.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.


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