Alysa Cummings

CancerLand Bookshelf: When Your Life is Touched by Cancer

Posted January 24th, 2014

First and foremost, the book is well organized and indexed, which enables patients and caregivers to easily access information by immediate need or concern.


Alysa Cummings

CancerLand Bookshelf: It’s Probably Nothing…or how I learned to stop worrying and love my implants

Posted October 9th, 2013

Micki Myers’ poetic cancer memoir, It’s Probably Nothing, describes her CancerLand experiences – visiting doctors, surviving hospital stays, recovering from surgery and chemotherapy, shopping for post-mastectomy bras – none of which are “funny ha-ha,” in a classically humorous way.


Alysa Cummings

CancerLand Bookshelf: Survival Lessons

Posted September 13th, 2013

What can I say about such a precious, poetic book as Survival Lessons, written by New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman?


CancerLand Bookshelf: And in Health: A guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together

Posted September 10th, 2013

And In Health covers topics ranging from aspects of a couple’s emotional life to the finer points of successfully interacting with your medical team.


CancerLand Bookshelf: The Cancer Poetry Project 2

Posted June 13th, 2013

OncoLink book review by Alysa Cummings: The Cancer Poetry Project 2: More Poems by Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them.


In the Body of the World Eve Ensler

CancerLand Bookshelf: In the Body of the World

Posted April 30th, 2013

At the very mention of her name – Eve Ensler – I’m transported back in time. Suddenly it’s the year 2001 and I’m sitting in a darkened Philadelphia theater along with ten other women from my breast cancer support group.


My Diagnosis

Posted April 19th, 2013

Guest blog by Jeongwoo Seo. Jeongwoo was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (ALL) during his freshman year of high school.


The CancerLand Bookshelf: What Will I Look Like?

Posted April 10th, 2013

What will I look like? The first time I ask the question, it’s one week before my scheduled lumpectomy.


The CancerLand Bookshelf: How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

Posted April 3rd, 2013

After fifteen years in CancerLand, I know this much is true. After patients hear their doctor say, “I’m sorry, it’s cancer,” they do one of two things.


CancerLand Bookshelf with Annette Bennington McElhiney

Posted March 19th, 2013

I use a digital camera and hunt for colorful spring flowers to tune into the artist in me, while ovarian cancer survivor Annette Bennington McElhiney paints an alter ego she has named Althea.