Meghan McCallum (she/her)
Cancer support writer
I’m passionate about writing for the cancer community because I know firsthand what a difference support services and shared experiences can make for anyone facing cancer diagnosis, treatment, or survivorship.
As a breast cancer survivor, I have a special interest in writing for cancer-related support groups, organizations, and publications. I write features on events and organizations serving the cancer community, newsletter and blog articles, and personal essays for the cancer community and general public.
As part of the cancer community myself, I know just how important it is to feel represented, empowered, and supported through the cancer experience. I strive to help various groups spread their message and connect with the people who need their services. I also enjoy sharing my own experience and empowering others impacted by cancer.
My publications for the cancer community:
From the publisher:
Igniting the Fire Within: Stories of Healing, Hope & Humor is a collection of essays from the first six years of Wildfire Magazine. Organized by age at diagnosis -- breast cancer arriving in their 20s, 30s, and 40s -- these stories will make you laugh, cry, and feel like you’re sitting with a best friend, hearing every aspect of how cancer has impacted their lives, for better or worse. Whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer yourself, are a caregiver to someone else, or just want to read stories about having hope on the darkest days, this is the book for you. We believe in stories of transformation to heal ourselves and others in the face of cancer, and that's what these personal essays each bring to this book. Each writer gets vulnerable and really shows how to take a difficult circumstance and live with it -- not just survive.
Cancer is already a challenging experience, and being explicitly ghosted by friends can make this even worse. As the friend of someone going through cancer, it’s important that you take stock of your commitment to the relationship and identify how you can support them.
Both physically and mentally, a cancer diagnosis is hardly something you can prepare for. However, you do have certain choices that can help alleviate some of the burden and tailor the experience to your own individual needs and preferences.
GVCC 2021 offered informative sessions, resources, clinical trial information and social opportunities for over 2,000 cancer thrivers, caregivers, healthcare professionals, advocates and others in the greater cancer community.
Cheers to a good cause! Tasting Stars, a premier champagne event, held its 19th annual elegant evening of bubbly delight virtually to benefit A Silver Lining Foundation’s breast cancer screening initiatives.
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition left no stone unturned during its virtual weekend Wellness Retreat this past spring that led participants in finding support, spreading awareness and taking action.
Through physical therapy treatments and educational videos, cancer rehabilitation specialist Dr. Leslie Waltke, PT, DPT helps individuals at all phases of recovery.
December 21, 2018. Winter solstice. It was the darkest day of the year, and also turned out to be one of the darkest days of my life. The day I was told I had breast cancer.
Just published! Check out my piece in the new Wildfire anthology: Igniting the Fire Within: Stories of Healing, Hope & Humor