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Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue
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Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue is a stay at home mom and part time medical transcriptionist from Long Island, New York. As of September 2014 she's a five year survivor of a type of blood cancer called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

A graduate of Hofstra University, Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Jenn doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t love to write and was published for the first time in college when one of her poems appeared in Creations Magazine. In 2011 a story that she wrote about her cancer experience was featured in Dr. Bernie Siegel’s book A Book of Miracles. She’s currently writing a book called Cancer, With a Twist about her cancer experience. She wrote and is performing in a one-act play of the same name, excerpted from the book, in April of 2014 in a local play festival in her hometown. You can read her personal blog at

Entries by Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

No More Scans for Me, Hooray?

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:03 PM

When you're first diagnosed with cancer the treatment center or hospital is the last place you ever wanted to be. You're there so much you feel like you live there. Then when treatment stops, you miss going. Why, because cancer has now made you crazy? Well yeah, probably a little....

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How Cancer Affects Your Family Emotionally

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 8:00 PM

This blog is my homage to the co-survivors and caregivers in our lives. I'm sure there are many definitions of the term "co-survivor" out there but they are the family and friends who are there with you through it all. Of course as the cancer patient you have the hardest...

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Water and Blood Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:30 PM

It's time for a quickie! No, not that kind! Just a quick little blog with some helpful info that I've learned along the way to help make getting blood work easier. This info is helpful for anyone who needs blood work but especially those of us who go through cancer...

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Here's Your Cancer Medal

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 1:44 PM

This blog is excerpted from a book that I'm writing called Cancer, With a Twist.

Here's a newsflash: they don't give you a medal for going through childbirth without any drugs and they don't give you a medal when you finish chemo or any type of cancer treatment. (I didn't...

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Chemo Brain

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 7:29 PM

After going through chemotherapy some people experience something called "chemo brain." Here's an excerpt from the American Cancer Society's website regarding chemo brain:

"Though the brain usually recovers over time, the sometimes vague yet distressing mental changes cancer patients notice are real, not imagined. They might last a...
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Talking About Your Cancer Experience

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 5:04 PM

I've always loved to write (huge revelation, I know). When I was little I kept a diary and wrote stories about the stray cats that we fed by our house. Writing has been a positive outlet for me ever since I can remember. Then I started going through chemotherapy and...

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Remission With a Side of Hypochondria

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:44 PM

I recently went for my six month CAT scan... meow (sorry I had to). I'll be four years cancer-free in September of this year. Being given a second chance at life is not something that I take for granted. I try to remember all of the lessons that I learned...

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My 'Favorite' Cancer Treatment Questions

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Parts of this blog have been excerpted from a book that I'm writing called Cancer, With a Twist and a one-act play by the same name).

Being a young adult cancer survivor you're faced with many unique situations and questions. I chose to see the silver lining while going through...

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My Health Insurance Nightmare

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Ah, health insurance. If you have a job that pays for your health insurance and have never had to deal with the insurance companies directly maybe you get a warm, fuzzy feeling when thinking about the security of your health insurance. For those of us who have gone through cancer...

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How I Found 'It'

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 6:42 PM

My name is Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue. Yes I'm one of those, a hyphenator, because Giuffre (don't worry no one ever knows how to pronounce it) wasn't hard enough for people to say so I thought I'd add another seven letters to my name. Here's my story. It was a dark and...

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