Authors: Mothers With Cancer

Less than 24 hours later, here’s what the starting lineup looks like for the new Mothers With Cancer group blog, discussion board, and web site:

  • WhyMommy, from Toddler Planet
  • Stella, I Can’t Complain Any More than Usual
  • One Mother With Cancer
  • Judy, Just Enjoy Him
  • Jenster, Jenster’s Musings
  • Christina, new writer
  • Sarah, from Sprucehill
  • Laurie, Not Just About Cancer
  • Rivka, Coffee and Chemo
  • Alabama Pink
  • Mary Beth
  • Susan Reynolds, Boobs on Ice

Wow — that’s a baseball team!  I’ve got a couple more invitations pending, but I’d like to know –who am I missing?  All mothers with cancer are welcome to join us as authors and contributors; everyone else is certainly welcome to help in their own area of expertise.  It would be great if we could get a psychologist or two on board, a chemo nurse, someone in administrative support at a hospital or oncology ward, an outreach specialist, that kind of thing. 

We’ll launch in a week or two and be well up and running by BlogHer. 


16 Responses to Authors: Mothers With Cancer

  1. phatsheep says:

    What a cool thing. I think that Jenster goes to church with my Mom. Small world.

  2. christine says:

    like i noted on your last post my bout with cancer is over, but if you need a hand or a perspective regarding malignant melanoma, just let me know.

    glad you are here doing this. a blog like the one you are creating will be a great resource.

  3. Jenster says:


    Really, phatsheep?? If so it really is a small world!

  4. Heather says:

    Punkrockmommy? I wonder if Dan Gottlieb would have any time to contribute in any way. I know he’s been a great source of support to her of late.

  5. whymommy says:

    Christine, we’d love to have you if you’re interested — that would be great! Oh, and Heather, I meant to include Punkrockmommy and Jen Ballentyne — they’re on my list to ask. Thanks for the push!

  6. Kacy says:

    You are so inspirational and you will get the support you need.

  7. RaisingDC says:

    Good luck on the project, it sounds like everyone will learn from each other and be really supportive.

  8. liz says:

    you are amazing, susan. good luck on the project and please holla if i can help in any way!

  9. Mummycha says:

    That’s one more brilliant idea of yours!
    You mentioned in a previous post that you did not want to do fundraising yourself. Do you think though that the new blog could be a good place to promote direct access to groups raising funds for supporting research against cancer, funds to support families who have to deal with high medical costs, etc.?

    If I may suggest, to enlarge the blog to “Parents with Cancer” not just Mothers. I know there are fewer blogging Dads out there but there are a lot of geeky Dads who consult the internet, a lot. Many of them may be as much in need of information about that difficult topic as Moms, want to be as much reassured that they are not alone and that they will be able to keep on taking good care of their kids during that difficult period of their life.

    Also, you can count on me for anything fundraising as well as for developing outreach material.

  10. andrea says:

    I think I am game. I too feel that there are a lot of moms out there dealing with the same thing. I am stage 4 and unlike you I know what this means for my family…I think it is a hard road whether you are “cured” or not. I am open to being a part of your site in anyway you see me fitting in. I sort of have an anarchist approach to everything….would that shake things up too much? You let me know what you need. I have some old entries about how I found out. What its like to be able to really “be there” for my family because I am sick. Letting other people help…giving up control. Stuff like that. Give me an idea of what you need.Much love you are a savvy chick!

  11. Suzanne says:

    How do I join? I have a blog but it’s private because their is a lot of personal info that I don’t want just anybody to know. Email me at and let me know what I need to do.
    IBC mother of two young boys

  12. jen says:

    I’m working on a query for a series of children’s books, books that are about things that kids have trouble understanding. I have two already – moving to a new city and getting a new sibling – and I’ve been looking for a third, because I want to send them out to prospective agents as a series. I’d like to do the third one about mom having cancer, and I would be more than honored if you’d talk to me a bit about how you handled it with Widget. I know what you wrote here, but I don’t want to swipe it & I also want to make sure I understand properly before I get down to it, because it’s a bit bigger (although that’s not the word I’m really looking for) than moving or becoming a sibling. if you have interest and/or time.


  13. Susan, I saw your post and forwarded it on to some people in our communications office in case we can help. Is that okay?

    Do you want us to try to find someone at M. D. Anderson who meets your criteria:

    “… a psychologist or two on board, a chemo nurse, someone in administrative support at a hospital or oncology ward, an outreach specialist…”

  14. WhyMommy says:

    Darcy — yes, yes please! I will send you an email to be sure you get this, but that is a wonderful offer, and it is just what we need.

    Thank you.

  15. What a rockstar lineup of women! SUCKS bigtime that you even have a reason besides motherhood to get together like this.

  16. Hi there my darling, firstly I want to say that I so relate to your post on finding peace. I am living in a very scary place for the first time through this 5 year journey through cancer. For the first time I am afraid every day, every minute, I cannot get my head around leaving my boys, I just can’t. It is ruining my life, I don’t have peace anymore that sums it up really accurately. I don’t know how to get it back and I have been thinking of joining a support group but it turns out that is not so easy here in my part of the world. The second thing is that I would be honored and thrilled to accept your invitation to join a blog to support mommy’s with cancer. I think it is a brilliant idea and I will do anything and everything I can to assist. I think you are wonderful for initiating this and I believe it can make a huge difference in these women’s lives, including mine! Thank you whymommy and take care, my prayers are with you. Jen xx

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