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So Much More: One Woman’s Journey of Healing and Revealing Through Life’s Storms

So Much More: One Woman’s Journey of Healing and Revealing Through Life’s Storms, by Zulema Arroyo Farley. Photograph of sunburst through trees by Jude Beck
Photograph by Jude Beck

From cancer to chronic illnesses, one woman tenaciously rises from the ashes of her life challenges and reveals a long-hidden gift: she is a psychic medium


Over 1500 days ago, I thought I was going to die. I not only received a dreaded diagnosis that felt like life had dealt me a poor hand of Texas hold ‘em, but on top of that, it was like I had won the grand prize in one of the rarest death sweepstakes of all. But this wasn’t a card game, this was my life.

In 2015 I was diagnosed with sarcoma, an uncommon type of cancer found in fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Out of its exceedingly many variants, I had soft tissue sarcoma in my anal and gluteal muscles. I had a ticket for a lethal raffle I didn’t voluntarily purchase.

This devastating news came less than two years after marrying my one and only, Nick. At the time, I was in ecstasy, dreaming away and a part of the plan.

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