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October 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Screw Cancer: Becoming Whole by Molly Kochan

Welcome to “Read with Smith Center,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our upcoming sessions, we will read “Screw Cancer: Becoming Whole” by Molly Kochan, of the popular Dying for Sex podcast. Please read below for an overview of her work.

Please prepare the following pages for our upcoming sessions:

October 6: Chapters 1-5, pages 1-54

October 20: Chapters 6- 10, pages 55-end

Read with Smith Center will meet Bi-Monthly on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • October 6 & 20
  • November 3 & 17
  • December 1 & 15

Screw Cancer: Becoming Whole

When Molly is diagnosed as terminal with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer at age 42, she realizes for the first time that “life is short” is more than some stupid cliché. With this new ticking-clock hanging over her head Molly make a decision . . . to start living HER LIFE. She leaves her husband and goes on a quest, searching for life’s answers via a sexual journey of exploration. She juggles dozens of online suitors and brings kinks and fetishes into the real world, all while dealing with the ups and downs of her cancer treatment.

But then something happens.  As Molly lays in her hospital bed fighting through the last months of her existence, she decides she isn’t finished yet.  She still has things to say.  Molly digs deep wanting answers to her lifelong questions. She pulls out her laptop and finishes the story she’d been waiting her whole life to write.

With a sense of dark humor, and a bright spirit that will leave you breathless, Molly leaves no stone unturned. From her days of enduring childhood trauma to navigating her relationships, through the lens of never feeling good enough to her final days of forgiveness where she finds enlightenment and the answer she had been looking for all along.

In Screw Cancer Becoming Whole, Molly Kochan takes us on a profound journey into the life of a truly amazing woman who left us all too soon. It’s a deeper dive and a perfect companion to the Dying for Sex podcast. Her courageous memoir is a must-read testament for anyone who has ever felt life should be something more, something special, something alive. This is Molly’s love letter to life. ♥♥♥♥♥

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About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

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