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P.J. Hamel, a senior editor at King Arthur Flour Company, headquartered in Norwich, Vt., describes herself professionally as a "baker and blogger." She writes the King Arthur catalog, creates recipes, has written cookbooks, and blogs about baking on the company's website.

And personally Hamel is, among many other roles, a cancer survivor--she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and over the next nine months had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She began blogging about cancer as well, shortly after her diagnosis. (Click here to read all the posts in her blog and here to read about her participation in the 2008 Prouty, which raises funds for Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center.)

Writing, she says, is a thread that has run through her entire life. In a feature for the Spring 2009 issue of Dartmouth Medicine, titled "My Story," she shared the experiences and emotions of being diagnosed with and treated for cancer.

Here are some additional insights into those experiences: an interview with Dartmouth Medicine's editor, Dana Grossman; an image gallery of family snapshots from before, during, and shortly after her treatment for cancer; and two short text pieces about unexpected challenges she encountered along the way.




P.J. Hamel
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