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 bought a car new at the end of 2009. It now has 105,000 miles on it. Some of those miles were put on during family vacations, but many are medical miles. [Full Story]
I bought a car new at the end of 2009. It now has 105,000 miles on it. Some of those miles were put on during family vacations, but many are medical miles. [Full Story]
On an early spring day 11 years ago, my good friend Donna and I went to New York to attend a production Encores!, a program that presents the full scores of musicals that are rarely performed anymore. [Full Story]
Last week when my phone rang and I checked the caller ID, my heart automatically skipped a beat. It was the phone number for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where I had received treatment for leukemia. [Full Story]
Until recently, I’d never joined a cancer support group, partially because there weren’t any available in my area, but also because a friend of mine had breast cancer. We considered ourselves a private support group. [Full Story]
I don’t tell people about my cancer history very often, but sometimes it comes up. It did recently, and someone made a very strange comment. [Full Story]
I once had a very scary cancer nightmare that made me wonder if I’ll ever really feel safe from the disease. [Full Story]
Inevitably, a mixture of relief and anxiety accompanies the end of cancer treatment, and these mixed emotions can resurface each time your doctor increases the time between appointments. [Full Story]
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose has highlighted issues about the use of prescription painkillers. It’s a topic relevant to cancer patients and survivors, who often must continue to take narcotics for pain long after our treatment has ended. [Full Story]
Tom Brokaw, the former NBC news anchor who joined the network in 1966, was diagnosed with blood cancer last August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His doctors are optimistic about the outcome of the treatment he is receiving. [Full Story]

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