Cancer Resources

A list of our favorite books, resources, information and cancer support groups.


Cancer Stories

These are in no particular order, but we give brief reviews of what we liked or thought of each of them.

Online Reads

The Walrus, a blog by Teva Harrison (comic) about what its like to have cancer. It’s part memoir, part cartoon, part essay, and some video.

Before I go, an essay by Paul Kalinithi

Think About Pink (essay) by Peggy Orenstein. A well-written piece about the realities of dealing with breast cancer rather than the mass-marketed version we have been served by the media, and the infantilization of breast cancer patients.

You May Want to Marry My Husband, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  In the New York Times Modern Love Stories section, this is a love letter from a woman who is dying from ovarian cancer.

One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Dieby Jon Mooallem. This NY Times profile is of B.J. Allen, a triple-amputee and doctor who is changing the palliative care model to truly support patients and their wishes as they go through this final transformation. His Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco uses this new model of care.


Whether you’re looking for inspiration, information or just a good laugh, you’ll find it in one of these cancer memoirs.


Cancer Support Groups

Local cancer support groups, organizations and resources for Portland Oregon.

Breast Friends

A support group for those who are in treatment for women’s cancers, they have online phone support, resources, and workshops. They also have chapters in Oregon, Florida and Pennsylvania with local events, networking and support.

Harmony Hill Retreat Center

Located on the Olympic Peninsula, in Washington state, this beautiful property overlooking the Hood Canal is surrounded by trees and gardens. It provides 3 day retreats including food, lodging, and group therapy to help cancer survivors and their caregivers learn coping skills for dealing with treatment, and getting through the transition to “normal” life after treatment. The program is free to participants and relies on donations for support. Click here to learn more and to apply for the program.

The Pink Lemonade Project

A list of local area cancer support groups in Portland, Oregon.

Providence Cancer Center

A list of the their cancer treatment programs and support groups.

OHSU Cancer Support Resources

Includes support groups for all ages and types of cancers. Includes patient advocacy resources as well as links to classes for yoga, mindfulness meditation and writing groups. Most are offered for free, or a very low cost for cancer survivors.

Information Sites

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Resources Site

Understanding Lymphedema

The American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support Page and Hotline

Look Good, Feel Better Tips and Videos for Women Undergoing Chemo

Look Good, Feel Better Makeover Workshops in Your Neighborhood

Swell Spots, pads for protecting swollen areas and preventing hot spots

Sites to Nourish Wellbeing


Writing Resources

Writing to Heal

If you’d like to join us in our writing exercises, or get ideas for how to tell your story, check out our Writing to Heal page by clicking here.


10 Ted Talks About Storytelling

Ted Talks by writers about the art of writing.  I found this to be a great inspiration, and full of uplifting ideas from fellow creatives.