Writing Through It


In a new book and on her New York Times blog, author Susan Gubar chronicles her experiences living with metastatic cancer. For Susan Gubar, writing has always given context to reality. So it should come as little surprise that when Gubar, an award-winning distinguished professor emerita of English at Indiana […]

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Meditation and My New Normal


I first heard the word “new normal” when I was completing my chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. It was used to describe the “survivorship” period of post-cancer life once the treatments are complete and we enter life with this surreal experience of cancer as something that we endured. It was […]

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Hospital Cancer Program Confronts The Existential

People who battle stage 4 cancer are familiar with words like chemotherapy, radiation and metastasize. But words they may not hear at a hospital as often are existentialism, mindfulness, legacy and humor. Dr. Arash Asher at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is dedicating his life to changing that. Asher, […]

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Get Through Cancer: Check?

I grew up with goal setting as a key component to our family life. Literally — my sisters, Mom, Dad and I would meet at my father’s office at least once a year and assess our dynamics as a family unit. We would whiteboard a traditional SWOT exercise (Strengths, Weaknesses, […]

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Relieving the Emotional Pain of Cancer

In medicine, we are amazingly successful at alleviating physical pain, but are too often at a loss for how best to relieve emotional pain. The mind is the greatest stressor known to humankind, and nowhere does that become more apparent than when a loved one or you face a medical […]

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Processing Cancer

Cancer is often an unexpected and shocking life experience. When confronting a diagnosis, having the tools of self-analysis at hand can make a difference in a person’s facing the disease as a hopeless situation versus a part of her or his life journey. Maria Bowen, Carl Roger’s leading psychotherapist in […]

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W?F Newsletter September 3rd 2014 ~ Allison W. Gryphon The What? Series debuts on YouTube November 20th. The extended trailer is out today. Click Here to see it! To follow the series and the surrounding events subscribe to The Why? Foundation on YouTube, FaceBook or Twitter. NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL […]

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DANCING, SINGING, and JUMPING WITH JOY!!! The Nancy’s List books on hope and healing for newly diagnosed cancer patients ROCK! We will launch these books by the end of the year so that oncologists and hospitals can present them to their patients when they receive their diagnoses. I am working […]

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