Hello, my name is Marlys Johnson. I am a speaker and award-winning writer with a deep affection for words. Oh, and list-making. I’ve been known to complete a task and add it to my list for the simple pleasure of checking it off. I know, pathetic.
Oct 2014 – six weeks before Gary died
After my husband’s cancer diagnosis, we established a non-profit with the mission of outreach and education to survivors and caregivers. We presented tag-team style at a variety of venues in all regions of the country: rotary clubs, churches, medical conferences, to nursing students, and in cancer centers.
Widowed since November 2014, I have two amazing children, two equally amazing children-in-law, and six beyond amazing grandchildren.
Home is 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.