I just knew I had leukemia. Like a shouting child insistent on his way, my secret disease seemed to scream in my face, “Told you!” Shaking my head in frustration, I attempted to dislodge the thought. I was nineteen years old. I couldn’t have cancer. But my...

Today is April 12, 2014.  I have been encouraged to keep a journal through my journey. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 28, 2014, three weeks after turning 33 years of age. Sadden? Yes… Shocked? Definitely. Was this a coincidence, test of faith,...

The Hero’s Journey is a narrative template identified by writer Joseph Campbell. It is said to be the greatest story ever told because it has appeared over and over in some of our most beloved stories and movies such as Jaws, Star Wars, and my...

I am Laura Mac Jeffers and I’m 46 years young. I’m a 2-year breast cancer survivor. In the words of Dolly Parton, “it costs a lot to look this cheap!” My story is a success story as I, like many survivors, tend to regard it...

On every Friday night, the complications of life slowed down at the packed to capacity Kijiji’s Coffee Shop on Jefferson Street. Poetry turned the stressful juggling of business, family, health, dating and everyday survival into a magical place where words and feelings sprung uninhibited from...

My mother was a foodie. It didn’t matter what she prepared it was always amazing. Her cooking was simply delicious, always creative, and I can taste and smell certain dishes through my memories and the love they delivered. She could feed 200, 500 or a...

Small town Ohio, March of 1987, married with two sons and working as an elementary school counselor. I felt the lump as I showered.  Mastectomy and 7 mo. of chemotherapy.   --tried desperately to keep working but lacked physical strength and stamina. Chemo had messed with...

Oh, cancer!  After my initial go-round, seven and again eight years later, you decided to storm in and try to invade my space for the third time, but with a vengeance, as stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Well, this time I RISE UP! I will move...