Jen Sotham

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,

Defining Cancer Survivorship

November 04, 2017

When does a patient become a survivor of cancer? Some believe it’s at the moment of diagnosis, but others disagree.

Oh, the Places You Won't Go: Being Grounded by Cancer

September 05, 2017

A cancer diagnosis robs us of many things. For an avid traveler, its like a bird being trapped in a cage.

A Life Less Cancery

August 14, 2017

A cancer diagnosis and treatment can take over your whole world. Here are a few ways to reclaim parts of your life and ease some of the emotional stress that cancer brings.

Epitaph for Cancer's Novelty

June 23, 2017

What happens when you get "used" to having late-stage cancer?

Dating With Cancer

April 24, 2017

All is NOT fair in love and war

Life, Redefined: Living Well With Metastatic Cancer

April 20, 2017

Living well with metastatic cancer means finding ways to accept the diagnoses and continue to move forward.

Blogging Your Way Through Cancer

January 03, 2017

Blogs about personal experiences, such as cancer, can be therapeutic for both writers and readers.

Lights, Camera, Cancer

December 09, 2016

How and why I've chosen to live my cancer in the public eye.

I'll Take The Cancer, With a Side of...

November 14, 2016

A cancer diagnosis comes served up with a slew of side effects. While many can be anticipated and managed, some cannot. They can crop up unexpectedly and take up residence indefinitely.

Not Playing the Cancer Card

September 20, 2016

Because cancer is an invisible disease, most patients can keep it under wraps when out in public, but there are some instances when we need to play 'the cancer card.'

Peace Out, Old, Pre-Cancer Normal

September 07, 2016

When a cancer diagnosis requires a lifestyle overhaul, it's important to recognize the gifts this forced transition brings.

Melanoma by the Numbers

August 26, 2016

The facts and figures of what the trajectory of a melanoma diagnosis looks like.

The Language of Helping a Loved One With Cancer

August 09, 2016

Someone who has never experienced cancer may feel apprehensive about how to talk to someone who has been diagnosed. Here are my two cents about communicating with a cancer patient.

Even With Cancer, Goonies Never Say Die

July 22, 2016

Musings on mortality

Meeting My Cancer Doppelganger

July 08, 2016

Support groups aren't for everyone, but finding even one other patient or survivor you can relate to can make all the difference in not feeling completely isolated.

A Kick In the Asana: How Cancer Made Me a Yoga Person

June 21, 2016

A cancer diagnosis usually comes attached to logistical, mental and emotional pandemonium. Yoga can offer a brief 'vacation' from cancer overload.