Choice of Words Are Important for Cancer Ninjas

August 14, 2017 9:22 pm

By: Kelly Irvin

I’m a life-long writer with a degree in journalism, 40 years of nonfiction writing experience, 12 published novels and three novellas to my name. Words are of paramount importance to me. They are powerful weapons mightier than … Read more

A Peek Into Big Data and Ovarian Cancer

July 31, 2017 7:33 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

On July 29, 2017, I celebrated 9 years since my IIIC ovarian cancer debulking surgery.  Because I’ve been so fortunate to be in remission, I spend hours each day researching, writing, and corresponding with other ovarian cancer … Read more

For Kids With Cancer, Focusing on Quality of Life

July 28, 2017 7:20 pm

By: Susan Gubar

Many people associate palliative care with hospice care, but medical professionals are offering it to children and adolescents living with cancer as well as to those dying from it.

In the process, they are redefining both palliative … Read more

How the Broadway Star Marin Mazzie Confronts Cancer

July 14, 2017 8:55 pm

By: Susan Gubar

The Broadway star Marin Mazzie brings the same exuberance to living with late-stage ovarian cancer that she displays in her performances. Or perhaps the roles she has undertaken in musicals like “Ragtime,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “The … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Won’t Stop This 14-Year-Old Athlete

June 23, 2017 9:27 pm

The life of an athletic 14-year-old girl: school, track practice, gymnastics meets. Cancer wasn’t on Kylee Yarnell’s radar until her ovary ruptured while she was practicing on the bars one evening.

“It’s not usual for her to hurt,” said her … Read more

When Your Personal War on Cancer Is Exhausting

June 15, 2017 3:46 pm

By: Susan Gubar

Because ovarian cancer initiated a stealthy assault before I discovered it, it seems the clear aggressor, and I the injured party. Yet as my physicians use their weapons to counterattack, collateral damages mount. Fatigue envelops me.

Sometimes … Read more

Seeing Myself Change From My Before-Cancer Self to My After-Cancer Self

May 26, 2017 7:41 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

Before I had cancer, I was strong, confident, and secure. While it was not always that way, it took years of education, exposure in the classroom and at professional conferences for me to feel good about myself. … Read more

The Healing Power of Writing About Cancer

April 11, 2017 7:15 pm

In her recent book, Reading & Writing Cancer: How Words Heal, Susan Gubar explores the various ways reading and writing about cancer can be a valuable, often therapeutic, tool for patients with cancer. Whether it’s writing a memoir, engaging … Read more

The Importance of Sharing Our Stories

April 5, 2017 6:45 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

When I was growing up in the 1950s, none of my immediate family, but many neighbors, distant relatives and acquaintances had cancer. Somehow, a cancer diagnosis always elicited silence, sadness, grief, and dread. Then, some people even … Read more

Knowledge and Good Decision Making Tools for Ovarian Cancer Patients

March 8, 2017 11:00 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

As a retired college professor, I firmly believe that knowledge is power and may also result in a longer healthier life. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, “How to Get Patients to Take More Control Read more

You May Want to Marry My Husband

March 6, 2017 10:03 pm

I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess remains. Additionally, … Read more

A 23-Year-Old Bodybuilder Is Being Ravaged By Ovarian Cancer — And Instagramming It

December 21, 2016 6:58 pm

Three weeks before her wedding day, Cheyann Shaw uploaded a video to YouTube, a space the fitness fanatic regularly filled with workout clips and health tips. But this time was different: She was now using the social video platform for … Read more