Category 'The Cancer Chronicles'


Colliding with My Destiny from God

A crisis of any kind is an unwelcome intrusion upon my very well-orchestrated plans.  When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, little did I know how cancer would change the course of my life. I searched for other survivors. But there were no support groups or Gilda’s clubs. Were there other survivors? A friend gave […]


Galantines Day—Hearts for Teal

Teal hearts dangled from my lighted mantle in honor of Galentine’s Day—a Zoom Valentine’s Day celebration with fellow ovarian cancer survivors, my teal sisters. The director of the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (WOCA) invited me to read a few selections from my book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer and then share my writing […]


The Gifts of the Magi

My cry echoed the cries of many throughout the centuries, culminating in the haunting strains of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  In 2006, my treadmill of holiday festivities sputtered to a halt. Instead of my Christmas letter brimming with the clever antics of beloved children and pets, I announced, “I have ovarian cancer.” Chemotherapy had sapped my stamina, […]


7 Gifts Hidden in the Shadow of Cancer

How could anything good come from cancer? As an oncology nurse, I was familiar with the ravages of cancer and chemotherapy. But in 2006, ovarian cancer flung me to the other side of the bed. I dutifully exchanged my nursing scrubs for peekaboo gowns and skid free gripper socks. Instead of threading needles into the […]


Tough Talk Christian Radio—Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

I want to thank Tony Gambone for featuring my ovarian cancer story and book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer on Tough Talk Christian Radio September 30. For encouragement and inspiration, check out this program link. In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer is now available in an audiobook […]


Narrator Interview with Drawing for Free Audiobook

Interview with In Her Shoes Narrator Julie Stein


Stop—Listen—Ovarian Cancer Whispers

Have you heard the whispers of ovarian cancer? Stop. Listen. Despite my background in oncology nursing, I had missed an ovarian cancer whisper—nausea. Over the course of a few months in 2006, I experienced several bouts of nausea, but I dismissed them as the flu. Fleeting thoughts of ovarian cancer crept into my mind. But […]


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 […]


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