Debra Jarvis

Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me

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Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.

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Debra Jarvis · Chaplain + author

Debra Jarvis isn't your typical hospital chaplain. With wry wit, she aims to comfort patients — and also challenge them.

Debra Jarvis isn't your typical hospital chaplain. With wry wit, she aims to comfort patients — and also challenge them.