Topic of Cancer – Riding the Waves of the Big C



Meg Stafford brings a fresh, compelling voice for people who have been treated by breast cancer, or who know someone who does. Topic of Cancer: Riding the Waves of the Big C is not about merely surviving, but about the living that happens during treatment. What sets this work apart is the joie de vivre that infuses and informs the prose.

Difficult topics are treated with openness and honesty and offer a direct line into the emotions that wash through this time, as individuals navigate cancer. The reader learns to ride the perilous waves when not dancing on them or diving through. Stafford rides the riptides, including the reader on the daily choices that arise, giving each day, emotion, and quirky occurrence the attention it requires. What results is a connection to her, to ourselves, and to life itself.


“A warm, witty and wise companion for the journey.”

Fran Booth, LICSW
Therapist at The Healing Garden

“It’s a great read, engrossing, hilarious, wonderfully tolerant of us weirdo medical types. I kept turning pages, hungry for more. And I learned a lot. Deeply moving, wonderfully astute, and written with a wicked sense of humor.”

Robin Schoenthaler, MD
MGH Department of Radiation Oncology at Emerson Hospital

“A gift. Meg articulates many of the thoughts and feelings from the time of my own treatment. She brings a light to a time when many people need to put their heads down and move through it.”

Marge Maurukas

"This book is like sipping coffee with a dear friend. Full of the nitty gritty reality of dealing with a crisis, injected with universal insights and humor."


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First Place: Body/Mind/Spirit
Second Place: Health/Fitness


In the category of Women’s Issues


Winner of the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book


Gold Award: Health: Women’s


Silver Award: Health: Cancer