Ronni Gordon is  a cancer survivor and long-time journalist who has written about her journey, about health and fitness, and about how she and others have prevailed in difficult situations. She brings to her writing a mix of personal experience with knowledge about the health-care system and how cancer patients can navigate it. A graduate of Vassar College with a master's degree in journalism from Boston University, she is a freelance writer who worked in daily newspapers for more than 30 years. She has been published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dana FarberCancer Institute magazine, and Cancer Today magazine. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her dog, Maddie, short for Madison (Avenue) in honor of her hometown, New York, and is mother of three grown children, Ben, Joe, and Katie

Ronni Gordon

I sometimes look at my hands a bit too closely, focusing on what I don’t like. I’ve been told that no one even notices the blemishes that I see, because no one else scrutinizes my hands like I do. [Full Story]
I sometimes look at my hands a bit too closely, focusing on what I don’t like. I’ve been told that no one even notices the blemishes that I see, because no one else scrutinizes my hands like I do. [Full Story]
Actor Michael Douglas, diagnosed with advanced throat cancer in 2010, told a group of doctors that treatment for his condition has been grueling, but that he has worked to keep his spirits high. [Full Story]
In the process of destroying cancer cells, chemotherapy affects other fast-growing cells as well, such as those in the mucous membranes of your throat and mouth, causing extreme pain and making it difficult to speak. [Full Story]
There’s an old Jewish folk saying that’s close to my heart. It goes: “Don't worry about tomorrow; who knows what will befall you today?" [Full Story]
Some survivors say that after cancer they appreciate every day more. Although I can’t make that broad a statement, there are many things I enjoy more.
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Years ago, I took a bike trip with a friend who had an interesting method for protecting herself from the dogs that would dash out onto the road from the farmhouses dotting the beautiful landscape of Prince Edward Island. [Full Story]
Former San Diego Padres baseball player Tony Gywnn, who passed away on June 16 at age 54, believed that his salivary gland cancer was caused by years of chewing tobacco. [Full Story]
Sometimes when you’re dealing with the cancer treatment, it’s the little problems, (not the life-threatening ones) that can be the most annoying, like a mosquito around your head in the middle of the night. [Full Story]
When you meet fellow cancer survivors, you get to experience a unique perspective , because there are stories that only a another survivor can understand. [Full Story]

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