I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in February of 2018. I kept writing through my treatment and in September of 2018 I debuted a solo-show called So This Happened to two sold-out shows at the Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT. So This Happened is the no-holds barred story of my cancer and home renovation.
I have adapted this 75-minute show for many different venues, including, The Atlantic's Cancer Stories, the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society, University of Vermont Medical Center, Stowe Weekend of Hope, and the Waterbury Grange Cultural Center.
Being able to speak about cancer to a wide audience has proven to be one of the highlights of my career.
We do not know how to talk about cancer and I hope to shift that with every show.
In addition to speaking about my cancer journey I can teach medical providers how to do stand up and storytelling so that they can become even more empathic practitioners. I've done this several times to great results. The work of cancer providers is challenging and there needs to be a space for practitioners to vent and process. Learning stand up comedy is a great way to start.
One powerful thing to give cancer patients is their voice. Teaching stand up and storytelling to patients and survivors let's them step into their story with authority and humor.
The spring and fall find me speaking at The Atlantic magazine's live event: Cancer Stories, UVMMC Staff Annual dinner, Vermont Radiation Oncology Nurses, and Grand Rounds at the Medical Center.
Click here to see a clip from my talk at The Atlantic's Cancer Stories, and here for another.
Please see the Booking information page if you're interested in learning more.