Doris Cardwell

Doris Cardwell received a life-changing diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer in 2007. While undergoing treatment, she co-founded a mentor program for the cancer center treating her. She also created community events to educate, encourage and empower people regarding cancer. Doris was the first Survivorship Community Outreach Liaison for her local cancer center. She is an advocate, educator and encourager on issues facing cancer survivors. Doris is a wife, mother, empty nester, survivor of life and lover of all things coffee. An avid speaker and blogger, she is available at

Please Don't Tell Cancer Survivors Not To Worry

August 08, 2020

That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach is familiar to those who have heard the words "you have cancer". Telling someone not to worry post treatment can be like telling them to not breathe. Listening is more productive than telling survivors not to worry.

Welcome to My World

May 19, 2020

Do parts of being in a pandemic feel familiar to you? Yet you have never been in one before? One cancer survivor suggests that's because those who have been on the cancer journey have experienced this before.

Treasures, Time Outs and Testimonies

February 25, 2020

One survivor shares three things that helped her find a sense of control in the chaos that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

An Unwelcome Moment in Time

February 12, 2020

Cancer, like many things in history, can be an unexpected landmark in our lives. With it can come crushing fear. If you feel that, even years after that moment in time, you are not alone.

Pink is Not the Only Color That Matters

October 17, 2019

"All cancers deserve the attention that breast cancer gets in October. To my brothers and sisters with 'non-pink' cancer and other diseases: it does not mean we don't care."

Life Lessons From My Phone

October 07, 2019

Cancer can bring others to love into our lives. This can be costly, but I choose to believe it is worth it.

How I Learned to Think Before I Spend Money on Pink

September 24, 2019

October is upon us. That means much of our world can turn pink. Pink shirts, shoes, bags, jewelry, hair... I could go on. Many people buy items to support breast cancer education and research. Educating yourself as to where your money goes can be important.

Seeking Help and Encouragement Takes Strength

September 17, 2019

We all have stress in our lives that takes many different shapes and forms. Giving space to each other to feel, to grieve and to vent is part of community. It's part of friendship, family and faith that we are all in this thing called life together.