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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

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