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Suzanne Lindley has been living with metastatic colorectal cancer since 1998. She is the founder of YES! Beat Liver Tumors, an organization for individuals living with metastatic liver tumors, and an advocate for Fight Colorectal Cancer.
Carrie Corey was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 29 and with a stage 4 recurrence in 2012 at the age of 31. As wife and new mom living in Dallas, she frequently reported on her cancer experiences.

Carrie passed away on March 25, 2016.
Janet Freeman-Daily is a writer, speaker, science geek and epatient with metastatic lung cancer. She uses her systems engineering background to translate the experience and science of lung cancer treatment and research into language other patients can understand. She comoderates the Lung Cancer Social Media (#LSCM) Chat on Twitter and blogs at www.grayconnections.wordpress.com.
Kathy LaTour is a breast cancer survivor, author of The Breast Cancer Companion and co-founder of CURE magazine. While cancer did not take her life, she has given it willingly to educate, empower and enlighten the newly diagnosed and those who care for them.
Matt Stone, Th.M., serves as a hospice chaplain with Honor Hospice, Colorado’s only physician-owned and operated hospice. He is married to his wife Heather and is currently in the ordination process with The Episcopal Church.
Leslie J. Waltke is a physical therapist with a clinical mastery in oncology. She is a national expert, author, speaker and educator in cancer rehabilitation and is the Cancer Rehabilitation Coordinator for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Tori Tomalia is a two-time cancer survivor currently living with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer since May of 2013. Her first cancer experience was childhood osteogenic sarcoma, for which she received chemotherapy and curative surgery, and had been cancer-free for over 20 years prior to the lung cancer diagnosis. Along with cancer, Tori juggles life as a mom of 3 small children, a wife, a theatre artist, writer and lung cancer awareness advocate.
Christina Lizaso is an ovarian cancer and gynecologic cancer advocate. Her strong family history of cancer and her passion for community building led her to co-found and co-moderate #gyncsm (GYN Cancer Social Media), found at www.gyncsm.blogspot.com.
Anthony Daniels was just 20 years old when he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Now at 23 he is fighting his fourth reccurrence. An avid boxer, Anthony has maintained a training regimen throughout treatments. The focus of an award-winning short film, “To Be Strong,” and a Diplomat for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Anthony is committed to raising awareness for lymphoma as he searches for a donor match.
A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Debbie Woodbury writes and speaks about the emotional fallout of living with cancer. Her books, You Can Thrive After Treatment and How to Build an Amazing Life After Treatment (Amazon), share simple secrets to creating inspired healing, wellness and live out loud joy beyond cancer. Debbie blogs at WhereWeGoNow.com and you can find her writing at Positively Positive and the Huffington Post.
Lori Brown Kuhuski is a colon cancer survivor, who, since her recovery, has been active with the American Cancer Society and Relay For life as a Hero of Hope. She shares her story as an example of living beyond cancer by speaking about her journey, the power of hope and the mission of the American Cancer Society. Lori is married and lives in Cordova, Tenn., with her husband Don.
Amanda Bontempo, MS RD CSO CDN is a registered dietitian and board certified in oncology nutrition, having received a bachelor's of science degree and master's of science degree from New York University. She has worked in oncology for over five years and consults with progressive health and technology companies in New York City. She's passionate about food and an equal lover of kale and chocolate. Follow Amanda on Twitter @AmandaBontempo and Instagram @amandabonbon.
Amy Vant is a doctor of physical therapy and the lead clinician for ActiveRx in Hinsdale, Ill., which provides rehabilitation services to mature adults. Vant has a clinical interest in cancer treatment and rehabilitation and writes frequently on the topic.
Marcy is a long-time community organizer with a passion for justice. She founded the Rural Organizing Project (ROP) in 1992. She is currently on her seventh approach to stabilize her cancer. She blogs at livinglydying.com.
Kevin Berry is an 11-year mantle cell lymphoma survivor and undergoing his third bone marrow transplant. He works on Human Spaceflight programs, is a freelance writer and editor, and supports newly diagnosed patients through his ministry, Taking Vienna (www.takingvienna.blogspot.com). He lives in Central Florida with his wife and adult children.
Georgia Hurst is a patient advocate for those with Lynch syndrome. She is the founder and the executive director of the nonprofit: ihavelynchsyndrome.com. She frequently writes about the many aspects of having Lynch syndrome, and writes for various websites and journals in order to create awareness amongst the global medical community about this hereditary cancer syndrome.
Susan F was unwillingly thrust into the world of metastatic breast cancer after a routine mammogram in 2012. She uses her powers of persuasion, knowledge and writing for good in hopes of helping others similarly affected. She is a patient advocate, volunteering with METAvivor (metavivor.org), a volunteer organization raising funds for research in metastatic breast cancer.
Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, M.A., E-RYT500, yoga therapist is a 12-year colorectal cancer survivor (2003). She used yoga to help herself regain a 'new normal' and then became a yoga teacher to help other survivors. Her work is free to cancer patients at YogaBeing.net. Jean attends cancer conferences and speaks on the benefits of yoga for cancer survivors. Survivor, advocate, activist, teacher and friend.
Linnea Olson was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in April of 2005. In addition to being a vocal advocate for cancer patients, Linnea is a mother, artist, writer, friend, adventurer. She refers to herself as a terminal optimist; someone who is living (each day to the fullest) with stage 4 lung cancer. Linnea also writes at outlivinglungcancer.com.
Over the past 7 1/2 years, Mary has survived breast, colon, borderline ovarian and lung cancers. She teaches college English part-time, and feels very happy about writing for curetoday.com.
Samira Rajabi was diagnosed with a vestibular schwannoma, also known as an acoustic neuroma in 2012. She writes a blog about her life, surgeries, recovery and experiences at LivingWithHerbert.com. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado where she studies media studies and the interactions on social media during times of trauma. In her spare time she plays with her two pups and tries to get outside as much as possible.
Barbara Tako is a breast cancer survivor (2010), melanoma survivor (2014) and author of Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools–We'll Get You Through This. She is a cancer coping advocate, speaker and published writer for television, radio and other venues across the country. She lives, survives, and thrives in Minnesota with her husband, children and dog. See more at www.cancersurvivorshipcopingtools.com,or www.clutterclearingchoices.com.
Marcie lives in Southern Maine and has a technical communications background. She underwent professional voiceover training and is currently an independent, contract writer in the process of building her copywriting business. She is also a (fairly recently) reformed health nut who enjoys reaching out to others in need of support.
Kim is currently surviving stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer. As a veterinary oncologist, she writes from two perspectives: as someone knowledgeable about the world of oncology medicine and as a thriving cancer patient reimagining her life. Kim hopes to help others by writing and sharing her story as she “re-purposes her purpose.” She lives in Denver with her husband, three dogs, cat and seven chickens.
Jeannine Walston is a brain tumor survivor since 1998, cancer coach, writer, consultant and speaker. Her extensive work includes for the U.S. Congress, cancer non-profits, NCI, FDA, NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, hospitals, clinics, doctors, providers, other businesses, cancer patients and caregivers.
Bruce was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in 2007. Immediately after receiving the diagnosis, he was told he had no more than two weeks to live. After intensive chemotherapy and radiation, Bruce obtained a complete remission in 2008 and has remained healthy and active since then. Bruce lives in New Jersey and works at Rutgers University.
Khevin Barnes is a Male Breast Cancer survivor, magician and speaker. He is currently writing, composing and producing a comedy stage musical about Male Breast Cancer Awareness. He travels wherever he is invited to speak to (and do a little magic for) men and women about breast cancer. www.BreastCancerSpeaker.com www.MaleBreastCancerSurvivor.com
Trish J. Lanier is 3 1/2-year colorectal cancer survivor, support advocate, coach and speaker. Challenged with a very rare form of cancer, Trish underwent a 7 1/2-hour surgery which removed five cancer-filled organs and two years on chemotherapy. Today, she focuses her energy and passion to motivate and empower others to navigate through and move beyond cancer.
Mackenzie is a brain cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with and received surgery for stage 2 atrocytoma at just 23 years old. Although scans and monitoring are a large part of life, Mackenzie is also a sous chef, dog lover and adventure seeker. Mackenzie resides in Colorado where she finds comfort in the mountains around her.
Dana Stewart was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 32. She is the co-founder of a cancer survivorship organization called The Dragonfly Angel Society. She volunteers as an advocate and mentor, focusing on young adults surviving cancer. She enjoys writing about life as a cancer survivor, as well as connecting survivors to the resources, inspirations and stories that have helped her continue to live her best life, available at www.dragonflyangelsociety.com.
Paul Pavao survived a rare form of leukemia and a stem cell transplant in 2011-2012. He is in remission and recovering from a lymphoma diagnosed in November 2014. He likes to write about his gratefulness to his wife/care partner, the doctors and nurses and to God, who allowed him to go through chemo fearlessly and with joy.
Ann Silberman, author of the blog Breast Cancer? But Doctor ... I Hate Pink!, has been living with metastatic breast cancer for nearly four years. It took seven chemo regimens, two surgeries, and a bit of SBRT, but she finally got to dance with "NED." Her husband and two children are happy seeing her twirl.
Diagnosed with genetic colon cancer in 2008, Chris Pedersen chose her own way of treating the condition (MYH-Associated Polyposis) instead of the recommended removal of her colon. Today, her modified vegan diet and alternative protocol has proved effective at keeping cancer away. She blogs about her journey and posts delicious recipes that follow her diet at healthyjourneycafe.com. Chris is wife, mother and grandmother living in Northern California.
Mel was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in January 1995 and given three years to live. The only possible hope for survival was a bone marrow transplant. Despite numerous marrow drives and adding thousands of people to the marrow registry, he never found a donor. Three years after diagnosis, he entered the phase 1 clinical trial of Gleevec (imatinib) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Over twenty years later, he is their longest living Gleevec patient.
Arash is the father of two young daughters, Madison and Dillan, and husband to Molly, a forty-year-old stage 4 lung cancer patient. Both Molly and Arash are full-time professionals and aside from dealing with challenges of raising two very busy girls, they have to manage their lives around a very serious disease.
Mike Verano is a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and thymic cancer survivor with over 30 years experience in the mental health field. Mike has had articles published in national and international magazines and is the author of The Zen of Cancer: A Mindful Journey From Illness to Wellness. In addition, he maintains the blog, Confessions of a Pacifist in the War on Cancer. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Lanexa, Virginia.
As a PhD student in tumor biology, Jamie Holloway survived long hours researching breast cancer in the labs of Georgetown University. Ten years later, after being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, she survived that too. Now with no evidence of disease, she shares a patient's perspective with scientists and clinicians as a breast cancer research advocate. A wife, mother, runner, and lipstick addict, she shares her story from the perspective of both a patient and a scientist.
Felicia Mitchell is a poet and writer who makes her home in southwestern Virginia, where she teaches at Emory & Henry College. She was diagnosed with Stage 2b HER2-positive breast cancer in 2010. Website: www.feliciamitchell.net
Bonnie Annis is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2014 with stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma with metastasis to the lymph nodes. She is an avid photographer, freelance writer/blogger, wife, mother and grandmother.
Edward D. McClain retired from the U. S. Department of Commerce in 1995 and has been living in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, since 1996. Ed likes to work for his church, hunt, fish and collect rare firearms. He enjoys professional football, cooking shows and action TV shows/films but will not watch game shows nor talk shows. Ed is a two-time survivor of CLL, by the Grace of God.
Peggy Thomas writes nonfiction books for children and is a happy empty-nester with her husband (and cancer survivor), Francis. Her most recent book is "Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation."
Kate Beland does not believe that cancer defines her. She is an athlete, a marathoner, a mother, a wife and a writer. When she is not conducting her three-ring circus act, she is busy kicking late stage melanoma's butt and keeping herself sane through her writing and running: https://www.facebook.com/runningandcancer/ or www.runliftbreathe.blogspot.com
Merle Sprinzen Tessier has been a marketing and business strategist in New York City for more than thirty years, and began her career in market research.
Kimberly Jewett is a young, two-time breast cancer survivor, passionate patient advocate and CEO of Kimberly Jewett Consulting, Inc. Kimberly believes that by sharing her story, she will inspire, empower and educate others to be their own best advocate in their health care decisions.
Dee lives in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, with her boyfriend and their cat. She works, cooks, knits, writes and is studying to be a CPA. She plans on living to be 106.
For thirty years, Marlene taught high school English in the Bronx. Marlene is a lover of her family, husband, three incredible children and four wondrous grandchildren. Because she's survived cancer three times and expects to beat it this time, her fourth, people say she's a fighter. She insists she's not, but that she tries to find the humor in everything - it's her secret to a long, happy life.
Martha lives in Illinois and was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in January 2015. She has a husband and three children, ranging in age from 12 to 18, a dog and a lizard.
Stacie Chevrier is a recovering type-A, corporate climber who made a big life change after being diagnosed with cancer in September 2014. She now spends her days focusing on writing, fitness and healthy living. Outside of these passions, Stacie can be found practicing yoga, enjoying anything outdoors, traveling and defying the odds as a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor survivor.
Lisa Machado is the founder of the Canadian CML Network (cmlnetwork.ca), a national patient support organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has been living with chronic myeloid leukemia since 2008. She can be reached at info@cmlnetwork.ca.
As a psychologist specializing in clinician-patient communication, Greg has worn a few hats: university professor, associate dean, foundation executive and independent consultant. Diagnosed in January 2014 with high-grade carcinoma of the head and neck, he underwent extensive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment over the next five months. He and his wife Suzanne reside in Connecticut and are profoundly grateful to all the oncology professionals, staff and survivors who treat and support them.
Barbara A. Chernow, PhD (Columbia University), is the founder of Chernow Editorial Services, Inc., a company that produces medical and professional books for publishers worldwide. She has also edited many reference projects, including the Columbia Encyclopedia, is the author of Beyond the Internet, and has taught at NYU and the New School. She published an article, The Other Side of Grief, in the Brooklyn Quarterly .
Kim is a nursing student who is hoping to find her place amongst the phenomenal oncology nurses and doctors who cared for her sister. She loves reading, volunteering and enjoying the outdoors of Colorado.
Greg Cantwell was 30 years old when he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a primary brain tumor. Even though Greg had the support from his family and friends, he didn't know anyone that could relate to his fight or who had conquered the same type of cancer. Since founding his non-profit, Greg's Mission, in 2012, he has helped over 1,700 patients, families and caregivers to navigate the brain tumor journey.
For the past two years, Meredith has worked as a nurse practitioner at Roger Williams Medical Center in the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program. She also has experience with oncology and hospice care. Meredith lives in Rhode Island with her dog, Jasper.
Jen Sotham is a freelance journalist and screenwriter/director. She was working as a university professor in Busan, South Korea, where she lived for almost a decade, when she was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in 2014. Still doing battle with the beast, Jen has since returned to New York, where she has been using her voice to share her story through film, essays and her blog, jenvscancer.wordpress.com
Stephanie Hammonds is a survivor of ovarian cancer and was first diagnosed in 2009. She is involved with various cancer-related speaking engagements, including with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance's Survivors Teaching Students Program®. She is a life-long artist, freelance writer, lover of Italian cooking, mom and grandmom.
Gerry is a retired educator who was diagnosed with stage 4 metastasized adrenal carcinoma of the lungs in January 2016. After retiring from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, in 1992, Gerry became co-editor of a 20-page quarterly publication written by for and about seniors. Gerry firmly believes in the power of writing to help people overcome whatever problems life places in their way.
Chris Kidwell is a thyroid cancer survivor. Since her diagnosis in 2008, she has been actively involved with ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc., and she is an advocate for the survivorship needs of the adolescent/young adult community.
Ellen was a teacher, drug/alcohol counselor and school counselor for 32 years. Always being fairly “unique,” she was diagnosed with a unique form of breast cancer – one tumor followed by two more malignant tumors – in 2007. Ellen and her husband, although native New Yorkers, have lived in Seattle for 41 years. They have two grown children, two grandchildren and two standard poodles.
Will Tseng is a cancer surgeon dedicated to the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma. In addition to taking care of patients, he leads research efforts to try to understand the immune response in these cancers and specifically, in one subtype called liposarcoma. After years away, Will and his family have now
Ron Harrison is a two-time cancer survivor, once as a caregiver for his late wife, and then on his own. Retired from a career in publishing, he also retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy Reserve. He now works as a professional watercolor artist and teacher in Salem, MA.
In July 2011 Barbara Carlos was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. A resident of Hawaii, she works in administrative support at a college and has retirement as her career goal. Music keeps her sane, as side effects of chemo and radiation linger. Overweight since childhood, she keeps trying to lose the estrogen-laden fat that her cancer loves.
Diana M. Martin has been an adjunct professor in The Writing and Reading Center at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, for over 10 years. She has a MFA in Creative Nonfiction and has published articles in the areas of parenting, health and cultural arts. When her husband lost his battle with cancer of unknown primary, later identified as bile duct cancer, she became the sole caregiver for their adult son, Alex, who is autistic.
Ryan Hamner is a four-time survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma, a musician and a writer. In 2011, he wrote and recorded, "Where Hope Lives" for the American Cancer Society and the song for survivors, "Survivors Survive" used in 2015 for #WorldCancerDay. Currently, he operates his website for those affected by cancer, 2surviveonline.com and drinks a ridiculous amount of coffee per day.
Tamera Anderson-Hanna is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and became a Registered Yoga Teacher while coping with breast cancer in 2015. She owns Wellness, Therapy, & Yoga in Florida where she provides personal wellness services and coaching and she is a public speaker on wellness-related topics.
Jane has earned three advanced degrees and had several fulfilling careers as a librarian, rehabilitation counselor and college teacher. Presently she does freelance writing. Her articles include the subjects of hearing loss and deafness, service dogs and struggling with cancer. She has been a cancer survivor since 2010.

She has myelodysplastic syndrome, which is rare, and would love to communicate with others who have MDS.
Helen is a young professional working in data analysis. Beyond crunching numbers, she enjoys writing and spending time outside running, biking and connecting with others. She began taking an active approach to learning about and managing cancer after her aunt and mom were diagnosed with lung cancer, and provides a multicultural perspective on living with cancer. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
Ronny Allan is an award-winning international patient advocate for those with neuroendocrine cancer and he is a long-term survivor of the disease. He frequently writes about the many aspects of living with a long-term and incurable cancer including diagnostics, treatment, education, support and campaigning for more attention for unmet patient needs. He runs various social media outlets including a blog at https://ronnyallan.com/ and an award-winning community site at https://www.facebook.com/NETCancerBlog/ - both generating awareness amongst the global medical community about this less common cancer. He is passionate about moving his condition into mainstream health areas.
As well as being a cancer blogger, Laura Yeager is a religious essayist and a mental health blogger. A graduate of The Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, she teaches writing at Kent State University and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Laura survived cancer twice.
Carol Boulet is semi-retired in Florida after loving her 30 years of teaching. She works part-time as a literacy coach helping young students build language skills. To enjoy the beauty of nature, she often goes to the beach and reads for hours. She moderates a book club, keeps an active social life and recently started work on a memoir in a local writing class. In 2008, Carol was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and, after three surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, is now a nine-year survivor.
Brenda Denzler is a writer and editor living in North Carolina. She received her doctorate from Duke University and worked as an editor at UNC-Chapel Hill before she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2009. Since then, she has devoted a great deal of her time and energy to understanding and writing about cancer, cancer treatment and the impact of pre-existing PTSD on the ability of doctors to give and patients to receive medical treatment.
Kelly Irvin is a multi-published novelist and former newspaper reporter who worked in public relations for more than 20 years. She retired from her day job in 2016 after being diagnosed with primary lateral sclerosis, a degenerative motor neuron disease, and stage 4 ovarian cancer. She spends her days writing and loving her family.
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