A Woman’s Courage to March On


A Woman’s Courage to March On

I never met my Great-Aunt Lucy. She wasn’t famous. But she lived a life marked by courage and adventure.  When WWII rocked the world, the Red Cross recruited nurses. Great-Aunt Lucy responded to the call as did her nursing classmates, graduates from the New York Post Graduate Hospital. They were quite a public-spirited group. Aunt […]


Christmas on Chemo

In 2006, my Christmas letter neglected to tell the tales of brilliant, talented, and amazing children and pets. Instead, I dropped a bomb–I had ovarian cancer.  Bald, fatigued and in pain from chemotherapy, I had to lay aside my usual baking and Christmas decorating traditions.   I needed to simplify. What could I delete from my […]


4 Steps to Upgrade from Anxiety to Excitement

My heart raced. Why was I dreading what should have been a fun celebration?  Several months ago, my book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer, was released. With a friend’s help, I organized a book launch party in my home. We prayed, planned, and prepared. Every detail had been taken into account. But when […]


Fighting Cancer During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Interview with channel 15 ovarian cancer


Surviving Cancer and Chemotherapy

“Today my guest is Joanie Shawhan, and she shares how she lived through cancer and chemotherapy.” Cynthia L. Simmons Heart of the Matter Radio


In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Deb Gustafson from Moody Radio in the Quad Cities interviewed Joanie Shawhan, airing the program July 22, 2019. “Are you frightened by a cancer diagnosis? Do you know where to turn for encouragement, comfort and support? Today’s guest has been where you are, receiving a devastating cancer diagnosis. Now Joanie Shawhan has written down what […]


Book Talk/ In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Mark Welp and Shelby Roberts featured my ovarian cancer story and book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer, on their WMBD morning show, Good Day Central Illinois.


Can God Bring Good Out of Cancer?

Life changed for the good after ovarian cancer diagnosis


Joanie’s Ovarian Cancer Journey

Kathryn Larson from Spectrum TV Interviewed Joanie Shawhan, author of In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer and followed her to her ovarian cancer social group, The Fried Eggs—Sunny-Side Up https://spectrumnews1.com/wi/madison/human-interest/2019/07/24/author-starts-first-ovarian-cancer-support-group-in-the-state


17 Steps to Plan a Book Launch Party

Make your home book launch party a success!

When I shared my idea of a book launch party, a friend volunteered her help. A veteran at planning church events, she could pull off a celebration without a hitch. One evening she arrived for our brainstorming session, pen and notebook in hand. Four pages of notes later she left, promising to send me a Word document spelling out every party detail.