Cancer Assassin: Laura York


Laura York is a cancer assassin. Really, she’s a hero. Except she doesn’t wear a cape or a Wonder Woman outfit. Although I have a feeling that she’d like to. At least she’d rock the big W on her chest. And the tights. I think she’d like the tights. Instead, she wakes up each morning, goes to her chemotherapy sessions with a smile on her beautiful face and thanks the universe for the nurses and naturopaths that keep her going.

Laura has bile duct cancer. She was diagnosed a few months ago. Like most patients diagnosed with bile duct cancer (also known as cholangiocarcinoma, or c.c, by the specialists), Laura is young, otherwise healthy and completely surprised by the egregious diagnosis.

My husband was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in 2007. We were lucky. His cancer had not spread from his bile ducts into the heretofore (at least by me) unknown abdominal lymph nodes. Cancer kills by multiplication. And c.c. is no different. Usually it wraps itself around the veins and arteries feeding the bile ducts (the small vessels ushering bile through the liver), until those vessels are clogged and useless. It wins by a thickening multiplication that builds in secret.

Laura knows about the dire circumstances. She’s been rejected as a potential liver transplant patient. But she’s not giving up. Far from it. She’s truly inspiring. I admire Laura for her beautiful outlook and positive attitude. I’ve been there, and I know that being positive isn’t as easy as they make it out to be. Most of the time, it’s a real crock. But Laura’s the real deal. And I truly have to applaud her for that. Anyways, you can cheer her on by checking out her blog at

4 responses »

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