Butterfy Awakens: A Memoir Of Transformation Through Grief

October 12, 2021
Hosted by Dr. Melissa L. Strawser

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Sometimes, difficulties and loss can reshape who we are and nudge us into growing. Just like a caterpillar sheds its skin and spins itself a silky chrysalis, what results is a breathtakingly beautiful creature we could never imagine, the butterfly. Meg Nocero’s story is not so different as she depicts her extraordinary transformation in Butterfly Awakens. As a forty-something Italian-American immigration attorney, Meg moves through unimaginable grief and sadness watching her beloved mother lose her battle to breast cancer. Questioning her life choices and opening herself up to her soul’s calling, Nocero brings readers along on her journey through a dark night of the soul. We experience with her the grieving process, a toxic work environment, and intense stress that results in depression and anxiety, along with a somatic nervous disorder called tinnitus. Meg never gives up and– instead– looks for the help she needs to start to heal and find her light. In the end, like the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, her story is a beautiful love letter honoring her mother’s legacy while detailing the awakening of her own. Among the many stories about breast cancer and grief, none are quite like this one. After resigning from her career as a federal prosecutor due to a toxic administration, she searches for the lighthouse she saw in a vision when her mother died. Embarking on an inspiring spiritual pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain to get to the lighthouse at Cap Finisterre, she sets out to wake up and live again. The butterfly connection and stark honesty of her writing offers readers important lessons learned from moving through grief so that each person can shine their light again.

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Dr. Melissa L. Strawser

Dr. Melissa L. Strawser

At the age of 14, Dr. Melissa L. Strawser discovered her first personal development book. She has spent the last 30 years on a quest of personal discovery that led her to a career as a personal and professional coach. Over the last 10 years, she successfully coached her 1:1 clients in career, family, financial and spiritual matters leading to significant growth and success. She is often the go-to professional for her business associates in the areas of coaching, communications, professional development, performance improvement, resilience, and mindfulness.

Dr. Strawser is the CEO of Counterbalance Visionaries, LLC in Panama City, Florida. She holds an EdD in Performance Improvement Leadership, and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science with a Specialization in Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology. She is certified as an MBTI (r) Administrator and Interpreter, a Certified Professional Coach, and a 200hr Yoga Teacher. Along with her extensive education, Dr. Strawser has an impressive resume of real world experience. Her client list includes start-up companies, international companies, non-profits, state colleges, and the United States military.

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