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A speaker, award-winning writer, and cancer widow, Marlys took an early retirement from the St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend, OR, to write and speak full-time. Mountain biking, hiking, and snow-shoeing in the nearby Cascade Range fill her spare hours. (But she’s also a knitter and sipper of hot tea.) Marlys has a passion for repurposing old junk into cool new stuff, and an even deeper passion for helping people navigate life’s challenges toward new purpose, having negotiated a few herself.

A Little More About Me

Dear Caregiver You Don't Have to Be a Superhero

My caregiving roles overlapped and tangled. My mom moved in with us, slipping further into dementia. And then we heard these heart-stopping words from

I Started to Cultivate Wonder, and This Is What I Found

As I leash up John’s dog, he stuffs cookies into his pocket. On nice days, we walk on a nearby trail before getting coffee

This Is What I Would Say to My Younger Mom Self

Our daughter was away at college when our son graduated from high school. With a job lined up in Northern California, I drove him

You Are a Purpose Wrapped in a Person

Once upon a time, I was a stay-at-home mom. I loved being the one to cheer my children on as they drooled their first

Now You Can Find Purpose in the Midst of Your Troubles

Back when I was newly widowed, I emailed a farewell letter to the community I served in my position at the cancer center. A

I Said I Would Never Date Again, but Then

My children have given their blessing for me to date and remarry, but my son had one stipulation: “As long as he has a


My husband, Gary, woke me up one pre-sunrise morning. “Feels like the flu,” he said. We’d been here before. I threw on my clothes and