Last Friday, Anna’s article about medical ports appeared in The Atlantic:
In 2012, my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a type that’s most often caught late and has a poor prognosis even when caught early. My mother was diagnosed at Stage III, when her tumor had already grown into the wall of an artery, making surgical removal impossible. She decided to undergo chemotherapy anyway, not because it would save her life—not even because it would extend her life, though it undoubtedly did, by weeks or even months—but because it might lessen the pain she was likely to experience as the growing tumor began to press on her organs, blood vessels, and nerves.
Anna has also signed a contract for a book called Conversing With Cancer, which she’s writing with health communications scholar Lisa Sparks. The book will be part of the Language as Social Action series.