linda noble topf
creative wellness counseling
An MS patient since 1981 and an advocate for disability rights, Linda Noble Topf has been an ordained minister since 1984, a spiritual and wellness coach, professional speaker, design and marketing entrepreneur, wife of 39 years, and a published author. She is dedicated to helping others to see that chronic illness, debilitating injury, or any kind of adversity in any stage of life, can be viewed as a spiritual awakening, and an opportunity for personal growth.
I counsel individuals and couples as they struggle with their fears, anxiety, pain, and separation that might naturally emerge as a result of a diagnosis, loss or advanced aging.
"Clients and/or couples begin to shift, accept, and acknowledge that most thoughts, feelings, and unexamined beliefs are all part of the human experience.
"I do not provide simple answers or ready solutions. Rather, I offer direct access to extraordinary living. Life becomes framed in a new way—altering the way we approach the world and the way the world approaches us.
“My work exists for one reason and one reason only — to empower and enable people to find fulfillment with those things that are of interest and importance to them.
“And, in the process, it is my intention to leave people transformed with more power, freedom, self expression and peace of mind.
“I know that living your best life is a balancing act of mind, body, and spirit that takes you beyond a mere understanding of how you see yourself and life as possibility—your priorities, your work, your relationships, who you are for yourself and others—as inventing and choosing a life of unencumbered freedom. It’s my belief that the more we learn and the more we develop our talents and skills, the more we think we’re equipped to deal effectively, powerfully, and easily with challenges we face. We hope that the big picture and the best path will reveal themselves. We pray that with all of our education, background and past experiences, we have become adept at how we relate to the world, and the way the world approaches us.”
~ Linda Noble Topf
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Linda has lived with illness for over 30 years, but her intrinsic inner health has taught her that dealing with illness means more than getting rid of it. Linda has a natural inclination toward growth; so rather than forcing transformation to happen because of her physical challenges, she created ideal conditions for natural transformation to thrive. She identified key qualities she could focus on and strengthen/cultivate within herself, and used these core strengths to bring forth for herself a new transformational, creative experience of self-expression.
Linda Noble Topf is the author of You Are Not your Illness: Seven Principles for Meeting the Challenge, which shows that illness, injury, or disability can not only physically alter the course of your life, but can also cause great emotional upheaval and loss of self-worth. In this remarkable and uplifting book, Linda delves deeply into her own experience to share with readers the keys to regaining emotional and spiritual wholeness. Linda believes that real healing has nothing to do with the state of the physical body, and she offers a compassionate and inspirational message—along with support, skills, and encouragement—to those who want to embrace the challenge of living successfully with illness. It is her intention to leave people transformed with more power, freedom, self expression, and peace of mind.
Linda’s second book, Wheelchair Wisdom™: Awaken Your Spirit through Adversity, shatters widespread notions of what it’s like to spend life in a wheelchair, which addresses the unique circumstances of the millions of people in wheelchairs. She conveys the message that lies at the heart of her convictions—that people are more than their wheelchairs, more than their disabled bodies. Wheelchair Wisdom™ bears testimony to what Linda has learned and experienced—that each of us, regardless of circumstances, can move through life with freedom in a creative and joyful way.
what people are saying
Linda Noble Topf has been under my care for multiple sclerosis since 1983. She is courageous and wise, and I have always been impressed by her positive outlook, even under the harshest circumstances. "
In the year 2000, Linda Noble Topf inspired and designed the “Inspirations” exhibit at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. All of the heroes (both celebrities and ordinary citizens) profiled in the exhibit had either physical, mental, or emotional challenges, making their significance all the greater because they had these obstacles and still achieved remarkable success in their lives, and made a difference. They believed they had a job to do—to change society’s perception of the disability community. These people didn’t whine; they acted. They didn’t give in to despair; they created a new way of perceiving. They created a new conversation of possibility."
Timeless wisdom tells us that each of us must choose how we respond to what happens in our lives. That may seem easy and obvious until you are confronted with something as challenging as life in a wheelchair. Linda Noble Topf takes the ultimate challenge to new heights, showing each of us that freedom exists, even when confined to a wheelchair."
Linda Noble Topf serves as an inspiration to many with her profound ability to overcome difficult challenges and obstacles while fully embracing all that life has to offer with poise, dignity, and grace."
“During the thirty years since Linda Noble Topf was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she has turned the limitations of illness into limitless opportunities for growth in relationships, intimacy, self-worth, gratitude, confidence, and creativity. In Wheelchair Wisdom™, she shares these discoveries in a way that will transform the lives of her readers—illuminating the possibilities open to all of us, to express joy in our power, freedom, self-expression, and peace of mind—whether living with an illness, confronting an injury, or embracing the aging process.”
Linda Noble Topf is an activist in the very best sense of that word–a leading advocate of freedom for patients and their families and an eloquent spokesperson for those living with chronic illness."
Linda Noble Topf and I have known each other since the late 1960s when Electric Factory concerts were just getting started in the then sleepy city of Philadelphia. Linda was a student at Moore College of Art & Design, and I was an emerging concert promoter. In 1981, when she found out she had MS, she was smack in the middle of being the one of the creative forces behind Philadelphia’s 300thBirthday Party and Century IV celebration. Linda is a survivor . . . she doesn’t know what else to do but keep creating, loving, and giving away her talent, her art, and her reason for living. "
If you face a challenge, or love someone that does, Linda Noble Topf opens up a whole new dimension. As someone who grew up with a mother who had MS, and who has tried to champion the cause of people to overcome all forms of disability for 40 years, I believe that Linda is writing a new and innovative chapter in the evolution of the greatest quest of all: living happily while staring down the realities of your life.
After meeting Linda and the others that were involved with The MS Initiative, I started to realize there was more to be gotten from my life. It gave me hope, strength, and the support that I was looking for. My future then started to look clearer in my mind. I came away from the Initiative with the feeling there is strength in numbers."
-- Joel Raffel
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