Being Authentic: A Memoir

Yearning to find your Authentic Voice? Uncover the process to participate more authentically in the project we call humanity•••

Rare are the spaces in which we can look inwardly at who we are. There is no horizon to do so more intimately than reading one’s biography. Reflect on what and who you are. What constitutes your core self? What should that be?

While there is no such thing as an “Authenticity Expert,” you now have a viable alternative. Morhaf Al Achkar obtained his Ph.D in education and is currently a practicing family physician at the University of Washington. He was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, his research has focused on the experiences of patients living with cancer. His first book is based on interviews he did with 39 patients who live, like him, with advanced illness. He explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience. Using his own experiences and deep knowledge of philosophical concepts, Morhaf shares his understanding of authenticity from the perspective of someone aware of his own finitude.

By following along with his fascinating life story, Morhaf invites you on a journey of dialogue and reflection to live a more authentic and purposeful life with integrity. 

By engaging with the author’s story in Being Authentic, you will: 

  • Garner the bravery to look at your own and be more authentic
  • Strive to connect with the poet, artist, writer, dancer, and actor in every one of us
  • Discover how other people around the world live, treasure their input, and be tolerant of unconventional behavior
  • Learn how to heal, forgive, and let go of resentment to live a more positive life
  • Develop better coping skills and become more resilient in the face of pandemic-like events
  • And much, much more!

Being Authentic: A Memoir™ is the second book in Dr. Alachkar’s self-help series. The first was on resilience and meaning.

Dr. Alachkar’s Memoir shares genuine emotion, heartbreaks and great successes, and encourages us to be our authentic selves. This Memoir highlights our humanity’s purpose to share our story and of our fear of being forgotten after death and yet to live each day. If you like easy and genuine reads that tell it to you straight, then be sure to get your FREE Kindle Copy of Morhaf’s Being Authentic

Get your Kindle copy to find your Authentic Voice Today!


Meet Morhaf Al Achkar

My name is Morhaf Al Achkar. I was born in Aleppo-Syria in 1983. I migrated to the United States in 2006 after finishing medical school. I also obtained a Ph.D. in Education from Indiana University. Currently, I am a practicing family physician and associate professor at the University of Washington.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Since then, my research has focused on the experience of patients living with cancers. My first book is based on interviews I did with 39 patients who live, like me, with advanced illness. I explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience

Writing my memoir was my attempt to reconstruct my narrative. I did not want to be defined as a cancer patient nor as someone living with resilience despite cancer. I wanted to be me again: A Syrian Immigrant.

Lost Poems of a Functioning Mother

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Lost Poems of a Functioning Mother
The Endless Journey of Babyloss.
A collection of poetry by a mother of living, stillborn, and miscarried children.
This is a collection of poetry written through the never-ending journey of birthing a stillborn baby. Ashley, a mother of living children as well as a daughter who was stillborn, shares her journey of coping with losing a baby while raising her other children and giving birth after her loss. This collection is truthful, unfiltered, and not sugar-coated. This collection explains the real pain and confused feelings that occur with babyloss. Ashley’s goal with her collection is to show the longlasting effects of babyloss and to show other mothers that they are not alone and they are valid.