Lisa Adams helped support breast cancer research by documenting her life with terminal breast cancer. She began writing a blog and posting on social media when she was diagnosed in 2007. She died in March 2015 at age 45, reports The New York Times.
Lisa Adams wrote openly about her medical, emotional and psychological struggles during her eight years of treatment. Thousands of people followed her on Facebook, Twitter and her website, notes Forbes. She wrote in raw and vivid detail about her determination to survive and the difficulties of living with a debilitating disease. The posts included medical updates and emotional discussions with her three children about her condition.
Lisa Adams wrote about taking part in clinical trials, exploring experimental therapies and attending oncology seminars. She felt sharing her experience was both therapeutic and helpful to others coping with cancer, and she wanted the medical community and her readers to learn from her experience, says The New York Times. She also encouraged her followers to try to find beauty in the world.
In January 2014, newspaper columnists in the Guardian and The New York Times criticized Lisa Adams for sharing too much personal information. One suggested she stop seeking treatment to shrink her tumors. The backlash from those columns brought even more attention to the sensitive issues surrounding cancer care, states The New York Times.