Hello — my name is Marlys Johnson. I am a Christ-follower, award-winning author, blogger, speaker, and coach. I have a deep affection for words, and am a ridiculously obsessive list-maker. (I’ve been known to complete a task and add it to my list just so I can check it off. I know, pathetic.)

I’m also a cancer widow after being married to the same witty, courageous, kind man for forty-one years. We fought the good fight together for several years longer than he was supposed to live.


October 2014 – just six weeks before Hubby died


Before cancer showed up, we experienced significant losses. Gary, a data processing manager, was laid off when the company he worked for was bought out. We sold our home and depleted our retirement investments as his unemployment extended to two years. I gave up my work at a non-profit to find a job with better pay and healthcare benefits.

During that time, my mom moved in with us, sinking into dementia.

And then these fearsome, high-volume words spoken to my husband: You’ve got cancer. Oh, and by the way, it’s terminal.

I am passionate about coming alongside people who have experienced setbacks in life — serious illness or disability, loss of meaningful work, divorce, loss of a way of life, financial setbacks, death of a loved one.

This is what I do: Helping people discover new purpose in seasons of loss.

About Me

Hello, my name is Marlys Johnson. I’m a cancer widow, author, speaker and blogger. I love getting outdoors; would rather lace up hiking boots than go shopping. I have a passion for repurposing old junk into cool new stuff. And an even greater passion for showing people how to navigate life’s challenges. Tenaciously. And with heart wide open.

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