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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing For Your Breast Cancer Journey

Meet Our Contributors

Dr. Kimberly Allison is both a survivor of and a specialist in breast cancer diagnosis. Her book, Red Sunshine: A Story of Strength and Inspiration from a Doctor Who Survived Stage 3 Breast Cancer, is about her personal experience as a new mother being treated for breast cancer. See for more information.

Debbie Fischer Belous graduated with honors from Syracuse University in 1989. She wrote and edited for the U.S. government from 1990 to 2005. A dedicated mom, she writes inspirational stories, works with babies, and nurtures cats. She and her family read and create stories together. E-mail her at [email protected].

Bari Benjamin, LCSW, BCD, is a former English teacher, turned psychotherapist. She has a therapy practice in Pittsburgh. Her memoir essays have been published in Adoption Today and StepMom magazines as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride. She is currently working on a memoir.

Anne Marie Bennett is a two-time cancer thriver who uses the intuitive process of SoulCollage to nourish herself and others. She leads personal growth workshops for women, both online and in person. Anne Marie is the author of Bright Side of the Road: A Spiritual Journey Through Breast Cancer. Learn more at

Aimee and Steven Brady were married in 1996 and live in central Massachusetts near Aimee’s parents Bill and Donna McAuliffe. They started their family in 2000 and now have three daughters. Their life is a constant juggling act of school, dance, sports, work, military service and fun.

Growing up in the middle of cowboy country, Lynn Cahoon was destined to fall in love with a tall, cool glass of water. Now, she enjoys writing about small town America, the cowboys who ride the range, and the women who love them. Contact her via her website at

Kathryn Coit is from central Missouri, lived 20 years in Kansas, and relocated in 2011 to Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in gerontology from Wichita State University, and is Senior Services Director and Case Manager for an Area Agency on Aging. Kathryn enjoys photography, music, and spending time with family.

Psychotherapist Bobbi Emel specializes in helping people face life’s significant challenges and regain their resiliency. In addition to seeing clients in her private practice, Bobbi is a well-regarded speaker and writer. Visit her blog at

Linda Fiorenzano earned a bachelor’s degree from Bentley University, a master’s degree from Bryant University, and is recognized as a Project and Risk Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. Her memoir, Perfectly Negative, will be available in 2013. Contact her at or Twitter at @Writes2Survive.

Mary Lou Galantino is a clinician, researcher and professor of physical therapy. She enjoys traveling, skiing, jogging and outdoor activities with family and friends. Her love of yoga is imbedded in her personal practice, in her children’s classrooms and throughout her clinical practice. She can be reached at [email protected].

Bonnie Compton Hanson, artist, speaker, and joyful cancer survivor, is the author of over thirty books for adults and children, plus hundreds of articles, stories, and poems (including several in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies). A former editor, she has also taught at several universities and at writing conferences. Learn more at

Cara Holman lives in Portland, OR with her husband, and the youngest of their three children. Her personal essays have been featured in a number of anthologies, including four in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She also writes and publishes poetry. Her blog is Prose Posies, at

Roseanne Hurvitz received her English degree from UCLA in 1987. She works as a chaplain providing weekly Jewish services, holiday celebrations and Bible story readings at a short-term rehab and skilled nursing facility. Roseanne shares her life with her family and enjoys seasonal changes at her Connecticut home. E-mail her at [email protected].

Briony Jenkins was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43 whilst living in Barbados. She is the author of the forthcoming book, BreastCancerMums: A Survival Guide, which she wrote for other mothers, with school-age children or younger children, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. E-mail her at [email protected].

Dana Lafever has been a cosmetologist for 29 years in Cookeville, TN. She has had the pleasure of being a hairstylist to many wonderful patrons and people around the country. Dana loves spending time with her family, kayaking, photography, and going on mission trips with her church.

Roxanne Martinez received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She resides in Fort Worth, TX, and enjoys being a first-time mom and entrepreneur. She founded Team Roxy to help other women battle breast cancer. To contact her or learn more, visit

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Beth Sanders Moore is a nationally recognized advocate and fundraiser of millions of dollars for breast health and cancer survivorship causes. In 2010, she founded CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors (, a nonprofit virtual networking and educational resource serving cancer survivors globally.

Alice Muschany writes about everyday life with a touch of humor. Her family, especially her eight grandchildren, make wonderful subjects. Her stories have been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Cup of Comfort series and Sasee. She is also an Opinion Shaper for the local Suburban Journals newspaper.

Connie Pombo is a freelance writer and author of Trading Ashes for Roses. Her stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Coping with Cancer magazine. She is a speaker for National Cancer Survivors Day and Stowe Weekend of Hope. Learn more at

Diane Radford MD, FACS, FRCSEd is a breast surgical oncologist and writer in St. Louis. She obtained her medical degrees from University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her surgical training took place in both Scotland and the USA. She is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride. Learn more at

At publication date, Marcy Scott is a three-year breast cancer survivor after a Stage 3, triple-negative, BRCA1 positive diagnosis. She grew up in Lilburn, GA, and graduated from The University of Georgia. She currently resides in Mableton, GA, and is the Director of Marketing and Promotion for Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Georgia Shaffer is a certified life coach, a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, and the author of Taking Out Your Emotional Trash and A Gift of Mourning Glories. As a professional speaker, she loves to encourage cancer survivors and healthcare givers. For more information, visit or e-mail her at [email protected].

Alison Shelton earned her B.A. degree in English and history and M.A. degree in education. She taught high school English for 30 years. Now, she enjoys family, writing, watercolors and traveling. Alison has been published in several magazines as well as in another Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology.

Lillie Shockney is a Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is the Administration Director of Johns Hopkins Clinical Breast Cancer Programs and Cancer Survivorship Programs. She has received 41 awards for her work in cancer.

Alex Silver lives in Massachusetts and is currently a student at Williams College. He enjoys reading and running. Alex has also published two children’s books with the American Cancer Society: Our Mom Is Getting Better and Our Dad Is Getting Better.

Emily Silver is a high school student. She enjoys writing, yoga, and spending time with her family. Emily is the co-author of two award-winning children’s books that were published by the American Cancer Society: Our Mom Is Getting Better and Our Dad Is Getting Better.

Sandy Wade lives in South Florida. She enjoys people, animals, the ocean, reading and writing, church and being with friends and family. Sandy was the Assistant to the Dean at School of Pharmacy in Palm Beach Atlantic University and Program Director to a non-profit child abuse treatment center and foster home. E-mail her at [email protected].

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