Kansas State University


Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

ACJ Alumna Publishes Third Nonfiction Book

Story by Cassie Wandersee, (master’s student)

ACJ alumni are known for their ambition in sharing personal messages to inspire and motivate a variety of audiences. Heidi Bright’s (’83) shares her passion for living in her newest book Thriver Soup: A Feast for Living Consciously During the Cancer Journey.

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Heidi Bright (’83) published her third traditional book in 2015.


In 2009, Bright was diagnosed with an aggressive end-stage soft-tissue sarcoma that specialists predicted would end her life within months. Overcoming incredible odds, Bright has been cancer free since her last surgery in August 2011 to remove a tumor that had spread next to her heart.

Through her journey with cancer, Bright discovered powerful self-motivated ways to “mange conventional treatments, lover her body, embrace her emotions, play with imagery, deepen her spiritual consciousness, and accept support.”


Bright now seeks to empower cancer survivors to improve their outcomes through her book. She also promotes her message of hope and perseverance through her blog, speaking engagements, and coaching.

Thriver Soup: A Feast for Living Consciously During the Cancer Journey is available for purchase on Bright’s website http://www.heidibright.com/thriver-soup. Keep up with her journey and inspiration at the Thriver Soup Thursdays Blog.

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