Shira Zwebner

A native New Yorker, Shira Kallus Zwebner is a communications consultant and writer living with her husband and three children in Jerusalem, Israel. Diagnosed in 2017 with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, she's fighting her cancer battle and blogging about the journey at

Cancer and Toxic Positivity

June 22, 2020

Support for cancer patients and survivors comes in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes the good vibes, encouragement and positivity can go too far

Health & Wellness After Cancer and During a Pandemic

May 28, 2020

Dealing with the challenges of health and wellness after cancer treatment is tricky enough, but managing it in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is an even bigger obstacle. One survivor details how she tries to take it one wellness win at a time.

Relying on the Cancer Experience to Pivot During Coronavirus

May 01, 2020

One survivor leans on their experiences from fighting cancer to find the strength to pivot during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Going Through Coronavirus Quarantine After Cancer

March 06, 2020

Forced isolation after cancer can be triggering, but the alternative with a compromised immune system in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is much worse.

When Cancer Goes Undetected

January 24, 2020

ESPN sports reporter Edward Aschoff died because of undetected stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma— cancer detection methods need to change.

Cognitive Dysfunction After Cancer

December 03, 2019

How do you heal your mind when faced with cognitive impairment after cancer treatment?

Dealing with Your Flow After Chemo

November 08, 2019

One survivor shares her experience with the unexpected gynecological challenges she struggled with after cancer treatment.

The Common Cold

October 21, 2019

Dealing with any type of illness after cancer can be a frightening experience.

Witnessing 9/11 and Surviving Cancer as a Result

September 05, 2019

How celebrity Jon Stewart championed a cause that brought answers to my cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Remission and Survivor's Guilt

August 02, 2019

As a cancer survivor, there are times when you're consumed by guilt. Why did you make it to remission when others have lost their cancer battle?

Looking Into the Future with the #AgeChallenge

July 23, 2019

How an app gives a glimpse into the future for many patients with cancer and survivors who fear they won't make it to old age.

How To Celebrate Surviving

June 25, 2019

Don't let anyone else decide how you choose to celebrate any post-cancer milestones.

Post-Cancer Trauma Animal Therapy

June 13, 2019

How the company of a puppy provided the right amount of post-trauma comfort to help navigate in a post-cancer world.

Holiday Reflections and PTSD

April 25, 2019

How to manage PTSD over the holidays and making the transition from Cancer Fighter to Cancer Survivor.

The Survivor Support Network

March 29, 2019

Support is essential for cancer survivors, especially as we struggle to reintegrate into our lives.

On Borrowed Time

February 27, 2019

Being a cancer survivor means that I'm living on borrowed time and struggling to find the balance.

Nine-Inch Hair: Cancer's Battle Scar

January 28, 2019

Outwardly, you start to look like your old self again while inside you're still licking the wounds of your cancer battle.

The Spanish Steps

December 28, 2018

How to conquer the fear of your own body, one step at a time.

Cancer, Debt and the Holidays

November 28, 2018

Even living in a country with socialized medicine, cancer debt is an unfortunate side effect of treatment, making holiday shopping a challenge

Cancer Prevention

October 18, 2018

From sugar to stress, are there really any lifestyle changes that can truly keep cancer at bay?

The Health Declaration: Is the Cancer Discussion Necessary?

September 17, 2018

Living a post-cancer lifestyle means including your medical history on a health declaration form and learning to deal with the consequences.


August 06, 2018

Sometimes, you're ill prepared for a scan that might change the course of your life.

The Heartbreaking Loss of Life

July 09, 2018

How do you stay positive when surrounded by death and dying?

Great Expectations

June 19, 2018

Why the proverb, "you should never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes" is true for both cancer patients and survivors.

Parenting With Cancer: Overcoming Mommy Guilt

May 12, 2018

Cancer has a profound effect on the youngest members of the family, especially when you go from swim Mom to sick Mom overnight.

The People in Your Cancer Neighborhood

April 17, 2018

Connections on the cancer ward are Inevitable, but fear of loss can make those relationships painful.