The Healing Power of Comedy

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The Healing Power of Comedy

 Today’s post was written by Sara Jade Alan, a sarcoma survivor and author.   In 2005, I was in my twenties and living and performing comedy in New York City. I had just completed an eight-month yoga-teacher training program when I discovered a lump on my outer left thigh. I thought it would be nothing, but I went to see an orthopedic doctor about it to make sure. He coolly told me: tumor. I remember walking out of his office onto the blustery NYC street, the giant X-ray envelope whipping around in my hands like a sail—as if to warn, the…  Read More »

Meet Jonathan Yip – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

        In 2010, Jonathan Yip was diagnosed with osteosarcoma after returning from a carefree summer in China. Taking time off from his studies at Harvard, Jonathan underwent chemotherapy and surgery over the course of the next 10 months. At the end of his treatment, thanks to the dedication and expertise of his team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, including Dr. John Healey and Jody Roth, RN, Jonathan emerged cancer free and leg intact. A week after chemotherapy ended, bald and with a cane, Jonathan went to Washington, DC to intern at the White House National Economic…  Read More »

Meet Bonnie Newman-Myers – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

    Bonnie Newman was 19 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer for the first time. A semester in school was delayed for treatment, but she eventually graduated from college and spent the following summer on a backpacking adventure through Europe with her twin sister. The second time she was diagnosed, Bonnie was a new hire at a large Wall Street firm and the youngest woman accepted into their Broker/Financial Advisors training program. Only 6 weeks into her new position, she found out her cancer had returned and spread. After surgery, chemotherapy, and a long recovery, she returned…  Read More »

Meet Nathan Greenberg – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

    Nathan Greenberg was just 21 years old, captain of the Union College Men’s lacrosse team, and eager to head into his senior year of college.  At this moment in his life, Nathan had everything figured out and was looking forward to one final summer of fun before the real world.  However, one week before he headed back for his senior year,  he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in his left hip. After two surgeries, 13 rounds of chemotherapy, and countless trips to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nathan was able to complete his treatment. Because of his positive…  Read More »