Hello — my name is Marlys Johnson. I am a speaker and award-winning writer with a deep affection for words.
Oct 2014 – six weeks before Gary died
I simultaneously cared for my live-in mother with Alzheimer’s and my husband with cancer.
After Gary’s diagnosis, we established a non-profit with the mission of outreach and education to survivors and caregivers. We presented at a variety of venues in all regions of the country: rotary clubs, churches, medical conferences, survivorship luncheons, to nursing students, and in cancer centers.
A member of Oregon Christian Writers and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, I have more than ten years speaking experience.
I have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and in a handful of national publications. I am also a contributing writer for several national and international web-based organizations, including The Grit & Grace Project, Little Red Bird Press, Cancer Hope Network, and Caregiving.
Widowed since November 2014, I have two married children and six grandchildren, three of whom were adopted from Uganda.
My home is in Bend, Oregon, where—after taking an early retirement from St. Charles Cancer Center—hiking, snow-shoeing, kayaking, and reading fill my spare time.
I have a passion for repurposing old junk into cool new stuff. And an even greater passion for helping people navigate life’s challenges, having negotiated a few myself.