The Generosity of Strangers, by Nancy Novack

Nancy DSC_0130Many of you have heard my story of surviving stage 4 ovarian cancer which had metastasized to my liver. I was diagnosed 9 years ago. And that I created Nancy’s List as my “love letter” to the universe, my thank you note for my miraculous recovery. I truly enjoy defying medical odds and being the poster child for Stanford’s Cancer Center.

You probably have heard me speak of the ‘generosity of strangers’, those who became angels in my healing process, and how they opened my heart emotionally and spiritually and gave me permission to live and love … with wild abandon. … and to bring out the fancy crystal and china. The ‘strangers’ taught me what I needed to learn … to live my life with immense appreciation and to truly take the moment to “feel” my gratitude.

Nancy’s List and Nancy’s Club exist totally because of the big hearts of so many people who embrace the imperative that we need to stand up to cancer in our communities and take care of our neighbors who are living with cancer …. with boundless love and compassion and inspiration … for these resilient souls are our true teachers.

I am writing this piece because of my gratitude for the bounteous generosity of two ‘strangers’ … two young savvy people from Georgia Tech, Evan and Nancy, who live in Atlanta AND whom I have never met. They offered to design a new website for Nancy’s List because they CARED. They have blown my socks off with their dedication to getting the information out to the cancer community in a form that can be navigated. I am truly impressed by their pursuit of excellence. It has been a most extraordinary and rewarding experience to work together in cyber-space with two of the most gifted and generous people I have ever ever met.

If you like what you see and you want the most painless intelligent process for creating your website, contact Evan and Nancy at They are wonderful people.

I was introduced to Evan and Nancy in a very circuitous path through one of our grandest supporters, Genentech, and the Extraordinaires project … a nationwide initiative of volunteers in many corporate settings who are supporting the work of non-profits. They get my applause and gratitude.

Nancy’s List is pretty much a ‘one-woman’ show with a very very limited budget. To be gifted in this extraordinary way so far exceeds my expectations. When someone blesses me with such kindness, I kiss the toes.

My sister said, “You have good karma.” I do …..

When I am asked, and I often am, about my understanding of my healing process, I always think of transformation. My experience is one of incredible heart opening as I feel so many people, from my kindergarten friends of old to the nurses in the chemo infusion room, to new friends like Evan and Nancy, offering hope and cheering for my success. In some mysterious and magical way, I hear the message: Say YES to life for as long as I can and give myself permission to fall in love in abundant ways. How cool is that!

Nancy’s List is my way of saying thank you.



  1. Hi Nancy,

    Glad the new site is working well for you and we enjoyed building it with you. We need to touch base this week to chat about video and SEO. Just let us know a good time 🙂

    Also, we put together a little background on how we build the site for anyone that’s interested in learning more. We apologize for forgetting to send you this link sooner. But, for anyone that’s interested, we walk through how we rebuilt Nancy’s List and gave some advice on how to accomplish a DIY website design. We also have a special offer for Nancy’s friends. If you’re interested in rebuilding your own website, or just learning more about Nancy’s redesign, make sure you stop on by

    Rebuilding Nancy’s List

  2. Nancy,

    This is beautiful. You are such a warrior! Speaking with you was so uplifting, and reading your posts is equally amazing.

    Best wishes,

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