What’s the Big Deal About Hair, Anyway?

Posted February 23rd, 2018

We are beautiful without it! Of all the things I was suddenly faced with once I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, losing my hair wasn’t at the top of my worry list. Although I professed not to care about this side effect of chemotherapy, it was an agonizing experience. I thought I had a fail-proof […]

Carolyn Vachani

It’s Not All Rainbows and Glitter

Posted March 29th, 2017

If you have never heard the words “you have cancer”, then what I am about to explain may defy logic, but bear with me. Let’s imagine you are heading to the cancer center for your last day of treatment – chemotherapy, radiation, whatever it may be. What are you feeling? What thoughts are running through […]

A New Life’s Work: A Multiple Myeloma Story

Posted March 17th, 2017

“Your bones are moth eaten.” That was Michael’s introduction to multiple myeloma. Just a few days earlier, he had taken a trip down the shore with his family. While body surfing, he got pummeled by a wave. It had happened before; he didn’t think much of it. But pain in his neck persisted. He rested. […]

What’s on your brave-making list?

Posted November 8th, 2016

At the encouragement of a friend, I presented at this week’s IGNITE Bend event held at the historic Tower Theater. IGNITE events are produced in places like Helsinki, Paris and New York City. Presenters get 5 minutes and 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The tagline is: “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” And so I applied to […]


Webucation: Actions and Attitudes for Cancer Survivors

Posted May 28th, 2015

A look at actions and attitudes that can help make the cancer survivorship journey a little more manageable for cancer survivors.

Donna Lee Lista

Happy Mother’s Day

Posted May 1st, 2014

The other day while shopping, my 26 year old daughter asked me what I wanted for mother’s day. We were looking at purses at an outlet and I mentioned I liked a particular purse and she said, “Do you want this for mother’s day?” I thought for a moment and realized I really didn’t want […]

OncoLink Webinars and Webchats

Survivorship: A Roadmap for Managing Fear [Webinar]

Posted March 4th, 2014

Join us for a webinar broadcast live from Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s April Community Meeting on April 7th at 6:30PM ET.

Donna Lee Lista

I’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

Posted February 26th, 2014

I haven’t sat down to compose in a while. Not because I have lost interest in the lung cancer world, but simply because I have been doing advocacy work and helping other people going through treatment.

Ten Years

Posted May 15th, 2013

I had an allogeneic bone marrow transplant ten years ago this month. I managed to get into remission number three in March 2003.


Cancer Survivorship: Navigating Life After Cancer

Posted May 10th, 2013

This webinar will provide information, tips and resources on transitioning from patient to survivor and making the most of life after cancer.