The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
The Year of the Onion: A Healing Journey with Cancer with Kathleen Johnson

When the onion rolled out from under the seat of her car, everything changed for Kathleen. She wrote a book about using her inner resources to battle cancer called, “Year of the Onion: A Healing Journey with Cancer.”

Kathleen describes how she chose the middle path of following her intuition and her dreams as she navigated the healthcare system around her cancer treatment. We also speak about how dreams uncovered her childhood sexual abuse, about dreaming and aging and about connecting to deceased loved ones during dreams.

We take a call from Jennifer from Santa Cruz who works with cancer patients. Jennifer asks how Kathleen would have like the doctors to have received her sharing of dreams during her treatment.

BIO: Kathleen Johnson is an artist, writer, grandmother, spiritual seeker, dreamworker and octogenarian who lives in Summerville, South Carolina a few miles inland from the coast and historic Charleston. She has worked with her dreams for over fifty years. She is the author of  Year of the Onion:  A Healing Journey with Cancer released in 2021. Kathleen has been cancer-free for the past three years and attributes much of her healing success to the help of working with her inner resources. More than a memoir, her book encourages us to wake up to all the guidance that surrounds us including the nightly connection that we have with our dreams.

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Intro music is Water over Stones and outro music is Everything both by Mood Science. Today’s ambient music is created by Rick Kleffel. The audio can be found at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on September 10 2022.


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