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My New Column

This is going to be a brief update because I’m pretty consumed these days with a new, unexpected stressor (on top of everything else already going on… ugh). I’m not sure when I’ll be back and able to write on a regular basis again, so just be patient with me and I’ll let you all know as soon as I can how everything is going. I really appreciate how so many of you check in on me here and keep me in your thoughts. If you don’t hear from me for a while, don’t worry – everything’s ok :-).

I recently started writing a column for a new online magazine called Reimagine, and last week my first column was published. It’s about my initial diagnosis from a slightly different perspective than what I’ve already written on this blog, and every two weeks I’ll have a new article where I’ll be telling more stories about my cancer experience that I haven’t written about before.

You can check out my first column here.

Thanks everyone, and I’ll be back when I can.


  1. Dearest Elana, even through your trials you think of others. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with the world. Do what you need to do for you. The rest of it will take care of itself. This, I promise you.

  2. Elana,
    Take care, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity, through your openness and honesty, to get to know you at some level. Good luck with your new column, I’m glad even more people will be able to hear your story. Love to you, as you give love to others.

  3. Dear Elana: Thank you for a beautifully written piece. You fill our hearts and make us rich. Love, calm and tenderness to you, as well as those nearest and dearest, who were blessed to know and love you first.

  4. Marlene E. says:

    Elana, thank you so much for this post, and we’ll be visiting the other page to find out how you are doing. How often will you publish there, I wonder? May I suggest that perhaps you can copy and paste your column from reimagine here, so we can continue to be in touch with you? Take care!

  5. Dear Elana, I`m really happy for you! Writing this column is an interesting way to deal with all the things that happened to you since the diagnosis. Good luck, and make the best of it!

  6. Hi Elana, I’m a fan of “The Medical School Ukulele Song.” Keep on strummin’ wherever you go.

  7. I’m very glad you are doing this! I’m sure the community that was created here will still spread out like ripples in a pond from a dropped stone carrying love to share with others.

  8. Lovely column for it came from your heart. Thankfully, you are not the cancer. You are still YOU…you know… the JOY that was evident in the picture.

  9. I read your “Love is…” article shortly after it was published in January and I wanted to cry for you, for your boyfriend. I had not seen a follow up comment until I googled the article and found your blog. I had a boyfriend that I lost to cancer; I was his “Peter” and the point person for the doctors because of my background in BioE. I took care of him because I loved him and I did not want to think I could have changed his fate if he died. Towards the end, I read a book about nutrition and cancer and I had the same thoughts you had, but we were desperate and it took his pain anyway at first, despite being on a life support machine. He died two weeks later. Then my parents both died from different forms of the disease in the next year. You sound like you are strong and determined, and God bless you for it. Keep eating, whatever you do, please keep eating. Watching everyone waste away was the hardest part because it meant the end was coming. I’m not trying to frighten you, but please, keep eating. You will need the fuel, even if it is pizza. By now you have had your scans to check if the cancer is shrinking and I pray that it is. God bless you.

  10. Thank you for sharing your story and helping others! You are an inspiration to me.

  11. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You are my hero! ❤️

  12. You are SO SELFLESS! You are going thru things that would break others and yet you worry care for others, bless your heart! I will be praying for you and the baby you will have! Godspeed in your journey to overcome cancer!

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