Posts by Ruth Kavanagh

Patient, Brain Cancer
Ruth Kavanagh is a former defense litigation attorney. After being diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer in 2014 as a young adult seemingly the “girl who had it all”, she became a fierce advocate for brain cancer awareness. She has battled 2 bouts of brain cancer, 7 brain surgeries, epilepsy and a host of other issues stemming from her diagnosis. Nevertheless, she maintains a positive attitude and quick wit.

She is an award-winning fundraiser, motivational speaker and volunteer event planner for numerous charities. Ruth has also served as a Peer-to-Peer Volunteer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and will soon begin volunteering at NYU Langone’s Rusk Inpatient Rehabilitation Center helping fellow “disabled yet able” patients. Her interests include photography, painting, drawing and of course, writing.

Remission: A New Perspective

by Ruth Kavanagh September 27, 2020

Remission. I cringe when I hear the word. I especially cringe when I’m asked, always in a high-pitched, much too enthusiastic tone, “So are you in remission now?” I know and understand why people ask. I also know that by asking in a gleeful way, it’s because they hope the answer will be a resounding “Yes!”