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Cancer Survivorship is Focus of Oct. 4th Lecture

Session offers hope, insight for moving on with life

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

There is life after a cancer diagnosis.

Wendy Schlessel Harpham, M.D., will share her thoughts and tips on making it happen during a special discussion to celebrate Cancer Awareness Month at noon, Friday, Oct. 4, at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave.

The event is co-sponsored by the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club, Rochester Museum and Science Center and the Center for Lifetime Wellness. It is the concluding lecture in a series titled “Cancer - It’s Not the End: Living, Thriving, Hoping.”

Harpham will share insights into the art of cancer survivorship.

Throughout her career as a practitioner, author, lecturer and patient advocate, Harpham has fulfilled her mission to help others through the synergy of science and caring. From 1983 through 1990, she cared for patients in her solo practice of internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

In 1990, Harpham was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Forced to redefine her career, she saw opportunities to use her unique perspective as a physician-patient to help cancer patients. While undergoing numerous courses of cancer treatment, Harpham turned to writing as a way to continue to educate, comfort, and inspire patients.

Adapting the principles of her office and drawing upon her own experiences as a patient, she wrote award-winning books for newly diagnosed patients, survivors dealing with recovery and long-term survivorship, and parents with cancer and their children. Her first book, Diagnosis: Cancer. Your Guide Through the First Few Months, was written during the months of her initial chemotherapy, bringing to it a valuable combination: the mind-set of a newly diagnosed patient and the experience of an internist. In her ground-breaking second book, After Cancer. A Guide to Your New Life, she introduces people to the concept of creating a “new normal” after cancer.

She wrote When a Parent Has Cancer. A Guide to Caring for Your Children to provide adults the information, tools, and confidence needed to deal with the children in healthy ways no matter what is happening with the ill parent. And, most recently, Harpham coauthored with Laura Numeroff, who wrote If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a limited edition children’s book, KIDS TALK, which was re-released under the title of The Hope Tree. Harpham’s books will be available on site and she will participate in a book-signing following the lecture.

For more information about the series, call (585) 273-1119.

Media Contact

Leslie White

(585) 273-1119

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