Writing program for cancer patients - FOX 35 News Orlando

Writing program for cancer patients

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Director Susan Jeremy recalls the day she found out she had breast cancer.

"I scheduled this big rehearsal after the doctor's appointment, only to find out that I was diagnosed," she says. "My whole life just stopped."

It was around the time she heard about Visible Ink, a writing program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that pairs its patients with writing mentors. Jeremy says it was a godsend during her daily radiation treatments.   

"I would sit in this waiting room, and I would be editing my work," she says. "So instead of thinking about cancer, I was thinking about writing."

Jeremy's original piece is being presented at an annual performance where Broadway actors and singers bring the patients' writing to life.

Patients in the program can write anything from memoirs to rap lyrics. Many have been published. 

Visible Ink was founded five years ago by Judith Kelman, an author and program mentor.

"When you're going along in life you have a certain story … then you're diagnosed with cancer and that story is completely derailed," Kelman says. "What writing does is it puts people back in charge of their story." 

The most recent chapter in Jeremy's story is that she is cancer free. She says this creative writing outlet helped her through her treatment.

"I took my life back, and I took control of my creativity again and I bounced right up," she says.

Right now 700 patients participate in Visible Ink. The program hopes to expand.

www.visibleinkmskcc.org

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:57:51 GMT
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
  • SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:22:53 GMT
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
  • NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:14:16 GMT
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices