About Me


I’m Emily, a lawyer, wife, mother, and cat lady, living outside of New York City. I was a collegiate swimmer and completed the 2011 New York City Marathon. Professionally, I am an elder law and special needs attorney, whose practice focused primarily on  adult guardianships, capacity issues, care management, and public benefits. When my son was born, I left law practice to stay home with him. In the same week that I celebrated my fifth wedding anniversary and my son turned two, I was diagnosed with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer at age 32.

I am documenting this new life from my diagnosis to treatment, through all of the emotions and logistics of life with a young child and a metastatic cancer diagnosis, because I believe in education, empowerment, and the creation of community, so that no one feels alone even in the darkest corners of this diagnosis and cancer life.

Photo credit: Allison Hooban Photography

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hii, Emily.

    CancerBro is an online community of cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. Our mission is to support and empower cancer fighters around the globe by providing them authentic content in form of infographics, educative & motivational videos, etc. and making them connect with survivors.

    You can check us out here – http://www.cancerbro.com

    Your help in our journey and mission is much appreciated. As you run a fantastic blog, we kindly request you to share a few words about our community and mission. It will really mean a lot to us. We can also share a valuable write up for your blog audience which you can share with them. Please feel free to suggest some topic ideas.

    Looking forward to a positive reply.

    Best Regards,
    CancerBro Team


  2. I have always (32+ years) known that my granddaughter Emily was a fantastic, warm, loving human being. Wife Myra and I were privileged to know her and even to assist in her college experience.
    We had metastasized breast cancer experience personally, so empathized when it struck.her. But the amazing courage, strength, and resolve with which she has faced her own tribulations has shown us a greater womanhood than could be imagined. She epitomizes all the attributes of a fantastic person of whom we are so very proud that she is our granddaughter. Her husband and son can equally be proud of her in the family’s daily life. I am sure her wonderful parents feel as we do.

    Keep it up, darling granddaughter; we love you so much every passing day!

    Grandpa Paul & Myra


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