Maria Judge is a writer, story teller, educator, cancer survivor and long-time friend of Rich Jepsen, CEO of OCSC. She will be speaking and signing books at the club on Sunday, March 15th at 4pm. Her story I Went and Washed That Hair Right Offa my Head is included in the new collection A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors; Inspiring Stories of Courage and Triumph.
Being diagnosed with cancer is bad enough. But being told your hair will fall out within two weeks of beginning chemotherapy adds a highly visible insult to the injury.
Maria Judge had a hard time concentrating at work the day her hair was scheduled to fall out in the spring of 1997. She’d handled the diagnosis, surgery, treatment plan and initial side affect with aplomb, but the thought of losing her hair was unnerving.
Maria’s cancer story was covered by Oprah Magazine, The Boston Globe and in Alexandra Johnson’s Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal; she was interviewed by Fox News, the WB Network and New England Cable News about her photo exhibit Toxic, Tattooed and Tougher than Margaret Thatcher: Chronicle of a Year with Cancer. She has been published in The Boston Irish Reporter, Peace Corps Online, The Merton Seasonal, MIT Tech Talk, Dan Wakefield’s The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography, and has been a contributing writer to The Somerville News.
She has been Associate Dean at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Administrative Officer for the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and Director of Administration at Physicians for Human Rights. She holds degrees from Holy Cross College and Northeastern University, and also studied at St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain. A member of the National Writers Union and Grub Street Writers, she served on the Board of Directors of the New England Coalition for Cancer Survivors and the OCI Healing Research Foundation.
You can find more information on Maria on her website.
Happily, she kept her nerve and her sense of humor, and found that losing – and re-growing – her hair provided laughs and lots of literary material.