Sarah E. McDonald

Cancer: How we show up for others in crisis

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Conversation Date: 04/06/2023

At 44, Sarah McDonald was newly married, newly promoted, and planning pregnancy. It felt like a time of new beginnings when suddenly she was diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer. Two months later, she was diagnosed with another unrelated cancer. During this struggle, her father’s cancer, ten years in remission, returned and added new challenges and a cancer buddy to her world. In this conversation, we’ll explore how we show up, especially with many challenges in the past few years.

Sarah E. McDonald

Sarah E. McDonald is a two-time cancer survivor, author, speaker, executive coach, wife, and mother. Sarah has worked in financial services, consulting, and technology. She spent the majority of her 30-year career at eBay, including the period while she was battling cancer. Sarah received her MBA from Cornell University, where she wrote a monthly food column in the school newspaper, and her love of writing was born. She received her BA in English Literature from Occidental College. Beyond cancer, Sarah is interested in everything people-related – especially when paired with food, wine, the outdoors, and/or music. Sarah lives in Mill Valley with her husband, Geoff, and daughter, Rory. The Cancer Channel is her first book. 


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