The One With Advocate Luminary Gwen Darien

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The One With Advocate Luminary Gwen Darien

December 29, 2020

The One With Advocate Luminary Gwen Darien

On the show today, a luminary in the annals of cancer advocacy, the one, and only Gwen Darien. While she may be the EVP for Patient Advocacy at the National Patient Advocate Foundation and the Patient Advocate Foundation, her story runs so much deeper; 30 years into the past actually where a young, passionate student of photography and contemporary art had her life interrupted with a cancer diagnosis and found herself on a different path, one born of her condition but not one to define her identity. Gwen is the creative force behind not one but two groundbreaking cancer magazines, MAMM, a women’s magazine for anyone whose life has been affected by breast or reproductive cancers, and CR Magazine, the official publication of the American Association of Cancer Research. No small doings here. Throughout the course of our conversation, I make continued reference to a recent commentary she published with the National Academy of Medicine about her life’s work in three chapters. There will be a link in the episode description to check it out. Gwen has been a hero of mine and a source of inspiration who has shown me how to truly make the most of the time that has been given to us. Enjoy the show.

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