Deborah J. Cornwall has been associated with the American Cancer Society and its Cancer Action Network as a volunteer leader since 1994, performing a variety of local, regional, and national roles and serving as a media spokesperson before audiences ranging from 16 to 30,000. Her passion to write this book was ignited by her interaction with cancer patients and caregivers at the Society's AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston.
Both within her own community and at the Society's AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, she came in contact with people whose cancer survival and caregiving stories were much more trying than her own diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer in 2001. Generous with their stories, the 86 interviewed caregivers (who came from 19 states and represented 107 patients with over 40 different cancer diagnoses) felt a strong desire to be heard and to share the lessons they had learned (often the hard way). She realized she could use her proven interviewing and writing skills to help them do that. These ingredients hatched a dream that made Things I Wish I'd Known a reality.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to host Deborah and open up the dialog on this important topic,” said Megan Bettencourt, Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community of MA SS. “Deborah is a sought after speaker and we are fortunate to have her at our center. The stories and experiences shared in Deborah’s book have helped many people.”
The program is open to Cancer Caregivers and people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Please call 781-610-1490 to pre-register.
About The Cancer Support Community of South Shore MA
The Cancer Support Community-Mass South Shore is one of the 50 affiliates, and the only one in New England, of the National Cancer Support Community, headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to offer emotional support, education and hope, through professionally led programs, to people who have been impacted by cancer. All programs are offered at no cost to participants. CSC-MSS is able to offer these programs due to the generosity of individual, group and corporate donations, grants and bequests. The Cancer Support Community- Mass South Shore is a division of the NVNA Foundation and is located at 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell. Please visit www.cancersupportcommunityma.org or call 781-610-1490.