Cancer: 5 Posts of Remembrance


Today, would have been college friend Madhavi Samala’s 52nd birthday. Madhavi died almost three years ago, having been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer before most of us are supposed to have our first colonoscopy. Today, we re-post 5 Lofty Ambitions posts remembering friends and family and writing about cancer.

Cancer, Risk, & Otherwise

Who gets cancer? Who gets which cancer? What are the odds? And what do the odds mean when it’s someone you know?

Cancer, Risk, & the Language of Loss

In a post from 2013, we talk about college friends Madhavi Samala and Adam Schmitz and the way we lose our friends and talk about our losses.

Research on Pancreatic Cancer

Because Anna’s mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 and didn’t survive the year, we’ve spent some time documenting that particular type of cancer.

In the Footsteps

This post connects nuclear history and family history, talking about Anna’s dad, who was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer when he was just 48 years old.

Chemo Ports

Last November, Anna published an article about chemo ports in The Atlantic that emerged from her mother’s experience with cancer. The post also recaps one of her books-in-progress, Conversing With Cancer. For the link to the piece at The Atlantic, click HERE.


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