I Am with You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients

  My name is Nancy Novack. I am the Founder and Executive Director of Nancy’s List and Nancy’s Club. Our mission is to do what we can to assure that “No one ever goes through cancer alone.” I am a very grateful survivor of Stage IV ovarian cancer. I was diagnosed 12 […]

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Taking Charge of Your Treatment

By Mary Jo Blackwood A Breast Cancer Two-Timer Shares Her Experience The diagnosis of cancer is a highly charged emotional event. It can throw us off for days before we can begin to think clearly. The inclination may be to follow whatever the person delivering the news tells you. Not […]

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Cancer is Trauma

Cancer is Trauma … for the person grappling with living and dying, for the kids, for the partner, and for the community of friends and family. I want to be helpful. The theme of my work is “I am with you.” When I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer […]

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Memoir of a Debulked Woman

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By Susan Gubar A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book “Staggering, searing…Ms. Gubar deserves the highest admiration for her bravery and honesty.” ―New York Times Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar underwent radical debulking surgery, an attempt to excise the cancer by removing part or all […]

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Coffee and Cancer?

You might have been surprised by the news coming out last week, announcing that the World Health Organization (WHO) found that coffee isn’t carcinogenic after all. If I were in the coffee business I’d want this news item to get as little publicity as possible, as I doubt anyone was […]

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The Awesome Way This Woman With Stage IV Cancer Is Taking On Chemo

Karen Walsh, you are brave as hell. Several weeks after Karen Walsh turned 40, she saw a doctor for what felt like a stomach cramp. It turned out to be stage IV colon cancer. Walsh, an accomplished Broadway actress and mother of two, had eight tumors in her liver and three […]

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Not All Bad Comes to Harm You

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                  Thousands of people have cancer. Thousands more are fighting it. Thousands more are living with it. Author Janice Mock is just one of those thousands. But as a survivor of stage four ovarian cancer, she shares her story to help others […]

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44 Ways to Make the Day of Someone With Cancer

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              On December 17, 2013 I went to the ER for what I presumed was walking pneumonia (as a physician, I’m good at misdiagnosing myself) only to find out I had a giant tumor in my chest that could have killed me within weeks. […]

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Bad News Delivered Badly

My friend Dana had become alarmed at a canker sore under her tongue: “a white patch, the size of my pinkie fingernail.” Canker might be cancer, she immediately suspected, possibly signaling a recurrence of her endometrial disease. She called an ear, nose and throat practice and made an appointment for […]

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An Artist Takes on Cancer

In 2011, at age 28, the songwriter and performer Benjamin Scheuer was given a diagnosis of stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. He recounted his experience, along with other family perplexities, when he played himself in his one-man autobiographical musical, “The Lion,” which opened Off Broadway […]

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