Hello – my name is Marlys Johnson. I’m an author, speaker and blogger. I have a deep affection for words, and am a ridiculously obsessive list-maker. I’ve been known to complete a task and add it to my list just so I can check it off. I know. Pathetic.
I’m a cancer widow. Married to the same wonderful man until November 2014. We fought the good fight together for several years longer than he was supposed to live.
October 2014 – just six weeks before Hubby died
We changed our eating habits; took up hiking tall mountains and snow-shoeing powdery trails; and began sharing our story in cancer centers, to classes of college and nursing students, and at medical conferences across the country.
I published a book of short stories of cancer heroes – Cancer Adventures: Turning loss into triumph – with the intent of inspiring others to look for purpose and meaning.
Cancer is not something we would ever wish on anyone. But through the cancer years, Gary and I developed a more profound understanding of what we had. An unspoken commitment not to take this marriage for granted. Improved listening and talking with our hearts wide open.
We established a standing Friday date night; kissed more slowly; took more road trips and made more fun. Which means we wrote a better love story. Thank you, cancer.
I am passionate about stirring up courage in others to live gratefully in the present and to dust off dreams, roll up sleeves and work in the direction of those dreams.