Linnea Olson

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

From Brave To Fearless: How Volunteering In Peru Shifted My Cancer Perspective

September 04, 2019

Traveling helped me remove myself from the storyline of cancer and reconnect with the world around me.

The Best Part About Having Cancer

March 31, 2016

Looking for the silver lining during cancer isn't always easy, but it is possible.

Cancer: The Take Away

January 19, 2016

The first thing cancer took away was my innocence. I still remember what it was like to hear those five words: "I'm sorry, you have cancer."

Living With Terminal Cancer

January 07, 2016

It's not always easy to keep on living when you've been told that you are dying.

25 Things About Me

December 11, 2015

I have stage 4 lung cancer. Here are 24 other things about me.