In Her Shoes

Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

About Joanie

Joanie Shawhan is an ovarian cancer survivor and a registered nurse. She writes encouraging articles for women undergoing chemotherapy and is available for speaking engagements. Publishing credits include Coping with Cancer magazine, God Still Meets Needs and Upper Room. 

For three years, Joanie trained under many publishing industry professionals at the Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference and Write-to-Publish. She is a member of WordGirls and Friends of the Pen. She is a member of Wisconsin Writers Association as well as Friends of the Pen.

When not writing or attending her book club, Joanie enjoys designing jewelry, knitting, and playing guitar. She is also involved with her ovarian cancer group, “The Fried Eggs—Sunny-Side Up.”

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Fun Facts

  • Oldest of 7 children in a house with one bathroom.

  • Graduated from Bradley University with a BS in nursing and subsequent positions in dialysis, oncology, and critical care.

  • The notorious family photographer.

  • Always loved reading and singing. As a child, spent hours with a book in hand or singing on the swing.

  • Craziest exploit? Climbing a 1400-foot rock trail dubbed  “The Cliffs of Insanity”—and  survived!

  • Enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as attending concerts, plays and musicals.

 Favorite Things

  1. Color: Purple

  2. TV genre: crime dramas such as Bluebloods

  3. Movies: While You Were Sleeping, Apollo 13, Rudy, Ben Hur

  4. Musical: Les Miserables

  1. Beverage: tea: black, flavored, herbals, hot or cold

  1. Collectibles: Panda Bears

  1. Hobbies: knitting, reading, guitar, designing and crafting beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry

  1. Scripture: John 8:31-32 … “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

  1. Authors: Elisabeth Elliot, Lynn Austin, Francine Rivers, T. Davis Bunn, Kate Morton

  1. Songs: “10,000 reasons” by Matt Redmond; “Always” by Kristian Stanfill; “Everlasting God” by Lincoln Brewster; “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin; “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe

  1. Actors/ actresses: Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery

  1. Vacation: Alaskan cruise–the beauty of mountains, glaciers and wildlife including whales, seals and dolphins

Joanie with

Recommended Reads

What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

Vanya by Myrna Grant

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, John and Elizabeth Sherrill

Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark

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