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About Write for Life

Every 23 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with cancer. What if they began writing about their experience?

What if they could take better control of their situation by communicating more effectively and sharing their feelings?

Research conducted at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University indicates that expressive writing––dealing with ones deepest thoughts and emotions––may contribute to improved physical and emotional health.

A study in The Oncologist medical journal found patients

who participated in a single 20-minute writing session improved their outlook on cancer and physical quality of life.

For millions of people worldwide, a cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event.

Everything comfortable and familiar may be called into question.

But what if a diagnosis of cancer actually inspired you?

What if it meant a call to community outreach, a mended family relationship, or a fresh perspective on lifes priorities?


What if you sat down and began to write about your experience? Expressing your feelings may just bring you, your loved ones, and those surrounding you in the medical community, the courage and strength to face life head-on.

Books, Workshops & Speaking Engagements

The Write for Life Foundation offers writing workshops, both as one-time group events in cancer centers and as ongoing group classes and private consultations. David Tabatsky is available as a workshop leader and as a speaker.

The book, Write for Life: Communicating Your Way Through Cancer is available online. You can contact David directly for bulk purchases.

Our Objective

Write for Life aims to provide people affected by cancer (patients, caregivers, family, friends, medical community, etc.) the opportunity to explore personal expression through writing, with the hope that it becomes a substantial and meaningful tool in the fight against cancer. We are dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing as a means of communication that can inspire and facilitate healing.

While Write for Life does not claim to play a direct role in the medical condition of anyone diagnosed with cancer, we do believe that there is a lot more than medicine playing a role in the potential well being and survival of patients.

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Illustration by Flash Rosenberg




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My father was diagnosed with leukemia in 1986 and he died less than a year later. At the time, no one spoke much about his illness (as if it would go away if we didn't) and I never heard anyone mention any other option besides medicine for my father or any of us who loved him.

Eventually, years later, I figured out that writing and communicating in general about my father and cancer could be helpful, both for me and for those who have come into contact with either of them.

Write for Life (both the book and the foundation) are a continuation of these discoveries. Along the way, I have been fortunate to work on a number of related book projects.

For more information about my consulting work as a writer and editor and for facts and photos from my theatre and circus career, please visit by website!

David Tabatksy


“Write for Life will help a lot of people in recovery.” 


— Dee Burrell, Cancer Survivor, Author, Open Up the Door and Let Me In

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