For millions of people worldwide, a cancer diagnosis is a terrifying and life-changing event. But what if a diagnosis of cancer was a call to action, that allowed you inspiration and healing? What if it enabled us to mend family relationship and get a fresh perspective on life’s priorities? Better still, what if allowed you to finally sit down write about your experiences, express your feelings and cultivate courage and strength in the process?
Research conducted at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University indicates that expressive writing––dealing with ones deepest thoughts and emotions––may contribute to improved physical and emotional health. A study in The Oncologist medical journal found patients who participated in a single 20-minute writing session improved their outlook on cancer and physical quality of life.
David Tabatsky’s work focuses on ways we can take control of any diagnosis and break down the fear and isolation faced by humans experiencing any kind of health crisis. His book, Write for Life provides all people affected by cancer (patients, caregivers, family, friends, medical community, etc.) the opportunity to explore personal expression through writing, enabling them to use creativity and writing as a meaningful tool in the fight against cancer.
David Tabatsky is a writer, editor, teacher and performing artist, based in New York City. He has coached, co-written, and edited several inspirational memoirs of people surviving cancer, stroke, abuse, and conversion therapy, as well as numerous self-help guides. David is the co-author of several books about cancer, including Rx for Hope, (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) Reimagining Women’s Cancers and Reimagining Men’s Cancers (HCI 2016), The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support and Love (Chicken Soup for the Soul 2009) and the author of Write for Life: Communicating Your Way Through Cancer. He is currently completing two memoirs, a short story collection, and a revised version of Write for Life, all to be published in 2019.