Amy English is a life coach who helps women work through change as they navigate life after breast cancer. A breast cancer survivor herself, Amy started her coaching business to help other women deal with the overwhelming prospect of finding their new normal after cancer treatment. Amy also works with women who struggle with weight loss to reclaim love for their bodies. Visit her coaching website at Amy English Coaching.
“Annie Dennison is a breast cancer survivor, meditator and animated listener. Lately she’s been putting her PhD in clinical psychology to good use, wrestling with her new inner life since cancer came along. If she weren’t a psychologist she’d probably be a starving artist. Visit Annie on Twitter: @barbieslosingit.”
Jennifer is the author of Does This Outfit Make Me Look Bald?, a survivor’s take on facing cancer with humor and style. She writes regularly on her blog, The Fashionista Fights, where she talks about all manner of topics that most people don’t want to look at, including the deaths of friends, sex after cancer, and treatment options.
Anna Sharudenko is the daughter of a cancer patient. They are battling cancer together! In between the appointments to the cancer clinic and homework assignments, she enjoys writing and spending time with her parrot – best friend, Pasha. Her passions include law, psychology, and reading books about body language and how the human mind works. She is also a big fan of Stephen King’s stories. Anna came to the United States at the age of 10, with the goal of receiving an education and making a career. She currently resides in California.
Oft described as a living embodiment of a Cards Against Humanity deck, Susanne’s rants and essays and other works are a little bit Julia Sugarbaker, a little Emilie Autumn, a little bit Daenerys Targaryen, a little bit Ambassador Delenn, and entirely 100% Susanne. When she’s not kicking figurative hornet nests and smiling cheerfully at the impotent rage that results, she’s fiddling with her website, playing on Flight Rising, gaming with friends, keeping up with appointments, and living life in general. She lives in Nebraska with her wife, Jen, and their three children, Loki, George, and Bucky.
Mary Lanham writes for love, not money, which is why she still has a day job. In February 2015 she was diagnosed with stage 2A, triple negative breast cancer; she is currently in remission. She lives in the Midwest but grew up in the South (her accent is usually set to stealth mode). You can find more of her words at www.subtleworkings.com.
Barbara has been married to the love of her life, Tim, for 33 years and they have two beautiful daughters. Kelsey is 27 and an ER nurse and Bridget is 25 and an ABA therapist with autistic kids. Barbara is a licensed school psychologist at the high school level. She is 59.
Jessica was diagnosed on January 19, 2015 at age 28 and has been writing about her experience from the viewpoint of an empowered, but often scared patient who is typically the youngest person in the cancer center waiting room. Since completing treatment in June, she’s moved on to empowered survivor working to find steady footing in her so-called “new normal”. She’s currently living the good life in a small Florida beach town with her boyfriend and rescue pup, Gizmo.
Brandie is a stay at home mom of 3 awesome kids – 2 girls and a boy. She’s married to the most wonderful man alive and is surrounded by so many wonderful people she feels beyond blessed. She loves to make things and she have been getting through this cancer thing with lots of hugs, laughter, support and some knitting on the side! You can follow her on my blog, Journey of a 1,000 Stitches.
Kelli Parker was diagnosed at 26 with stage I breast cancer. She was diagnosed again stage IV 5 years later, at only 33. Kelli advocates that the current awareness and early detection approach is not working and the narrative doesn’t match what’s really happening behind the pink curtain. You can find her drawing attention to MBC on her Facebook page, IAMSUSAN along with it’s hashtag she coined, #iamsusan.
Beth Caldwell is a mom of two and former civil rights lawyer who lives in Seattle. In 2014, she found the lump in her breast that turned out to be metastatic breast cancer and gave up her career to focus on parenting and cancer activism. In 2015, she co-founded MET UP, a grassroots organization committed to changing the landscape of metastatic cancer through direct action. Her writing is featured on Huffington Post and in I STILL Just Want To Pee Alone, a collection of essays about parenting, as well as on her blog, CultOfPerfectMotherhood.com.