Category 'The Cancer Chronicles'


Local Author Writes Book to Encourage Women Battling Cancer

New book featured, In her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Samantha Bowers, host of Midday Madison at WKOW TV, featured my ovarian cancer story and book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer.


On the Air!

Radio interview

Thank you to WMAP Radio, stationed in New York, for featuring my ovarian cancer story and new book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer.


She’s Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Joanie shares her ovarian cancer story with Michelle Rayburn on Life Repurposed.


World Ovarian Cancer Day

In 2006, I rolled over in bed and felt a grapefruit-sized mass in my abdomen. I Thought it   was just a fibroid.  Several weeks later, I had an appointment with a physical therapist for a back injury. The therapist instructed me to lie face down on the therapy table. He pressed his fingers along either side […]


Come Let Us Adore Him

O come let us adore himO come let us adore himO come let us adore himChrist the Lord The strains of “O Come All Ye Faithful” echoed throughout the church on Christmas Eve. In the darkness, the candle flames flickered. As the solitary light streamed over the manger scene, a sense of awe settled over […]


Not All Female Cancers Are Pink

Pink lights illuminate bridges, state capitols and city landmarks. Runners, walkers and strollers race for the cure. Pink ribbons embellish bags, jewelry, hats and t-shirts. Teas, brunches and banquets raise funds for breast cancer research. Even NFL players sport pink in October. Think pink! Wear pink! Celebrate pink! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. […]


A Life Rebuilt—After Ovarian Cancer

In Wisconsin, we have two seasons—winter and construction. For me, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer hurled me into a winter season. Cancer raised a stop sign, interrupting my life. But when I merged into life after cancer, I faced a new challenge. What do I do now? Who am I as an ovarian cancer survivor? […]


Bladder Cancer Awareness—A Tribute to Tracy

“I have stage 4 bladder cancer,” my sister Tracy said. “It’s also in my lungs and liver.” No! I felt like I was kicked in the chest. Her life-threatening pronouncement sucked the oxygen out of my lungs. How could this happen to my go-to-the-gym-every-day sister? She was only fifty-two! “Do you remember the bleeding I […]


Ovarian Cancer Survivors: The Fried Eggs—Sunny-Side Up

“We should start a social group for ovarian cancer survivors,” the leader of our STS (Survivors Teaching Students) course said. “Not a support group, but a fun group.” We had just presented our ovarian cancer stories to a class of medical students in the STS program. Our first meeting convened in a private room at […]


A Sparkle of Hope for Gynecologic Cancers

Electricity filled the air, sparking excitement and anticipation as I approached the registration table at the Monona Terrace. The time had finally arrived to get our sparkle on for Sparkle of Hope, a special evening celebrating women touched by gynecologic cancers. I received my nametag and registered my credit card to place bids for the […]