Frightened by cancer? Riddled with questions? Perhaps you or a loved one is battling this disease. Do you know where to turn for encouragement, comfort and support? In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer is a collection of vignettes, highlighting the stories of everyday women with everyday lives interrupted by cancer—their challenges, heartbreaks, questions and triumphs. Each narrative focuses on one aspect of their cancer journey.

In these pages, you will find:

Cancer is hard, but you are not alone. As you cross the threshold, catching a glimpse into the lives of these women, you will find strength, inspiration and hope.

“Author Joanie Shawhan, a former oncology nurse, shares snippets from her own cancer journey and experiences from others to give an honest portrayal of the scares, heartaches, and pains of the disease. However, she doesn’t stop there. She adds comforting, hope-filled Bible verses and prayers to each chapter, and she sprinkles helpful hints and practical advice throughout. As a survivor myself, I know that dancing in the shadow of cancer isn’t easy, but it is possible. Reading this book is a good first step.”

Twila Belk—writer, speaker, and author of The Power to Be: Be Still, Be Grateful, Be Strong, Be Courageous and Raindrops from Heaven: Gentle Reminders of God’s Power, Presence, and Purpose.

“Joanie Shawhan has written a down-to-earth book about cancer, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer. The cancer patient will receive comfort, compassion, and a companion in Joanie Shawhan. The author guides not only the cancer patient, but also family and friends. She has been where they are now, and she understands. I highly recommend this book.”

Yvonne Ortega, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and Cancer Survivor
Author of Moving from Broken to Beautiful® through Grief

“If cancer came knocking on your door, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer, will offer you the hand of a friend. Through her own story, Joanie invites the reader to come along on her journey through and out of ovarian cancer. The vignettes of other survivors in the second half of the book add to the big picture of courage and hope. I will recommend this book to both patients and practitioners.”

Letitia Suk, author of Getaway with God.

“In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer, Joanie Shawhan shares her inspirational and heartfelt personal journey as an ovarian cancer survivor. Through her courageous experiences, and the stories shared by other survivors, Joanie offers readers a very real glimpse of what is endured throughout a cancer diagnosis. This book is a must read for all survivors, caregivers, and those with a loved one currently fighting.”

Ashley Wagner, Executive Director Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance

“Joanie Shawhan has courageously written about her own trials through ovarian cancer treatment so others can find solace and hope. I highly encourage my fellow pastors, church leaders, counselors, friends and family to give this book to any woman who has been told she has ovarian cancer. Reading this book will draw each woman closer to God while giving her practical survival tips. But this book is also for those who walk alongside these brave women because it depicts an honest description of what happens to the body, the soul, and the spirit of those we love during their journey. Thank you Joanie for sharing your story, your wisdom, and your prayers.”

Tess Brunmeier, MA Psychological Counseling, M.Div. Regent University, Lead pastor of Covenant Community Fellowship, New Albany, IN.

“In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer was inspirational. The author shares tragic and sometimes humorous experiences. The book is a wonderful resource for those making the journey of cancer treatment and recovery. It would also be an informative and motivating story for nursing students or novice oncology nurses. As a nurse and as a woman, I found myself reflecting on my role and my responsibilities to patients and friends struggling with cancer treatment. I would recommend this book for anyone touched by cancer.”

Molly Cluskey, Ph.D. RN, CNE; Associate Dean, Distance Education, College of Education and Health Sciences, Bradley University, Peoria, IL.