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Jan. 4, 2022

Share Your Story: Faith Wilcox

Share Your Story: Faith Wilcox

Faith Wilcox believes writing leads to healing. Faith learned these truths when her 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with bone cancer that took her life. Faith’s journey from grief and despair to moments of comfort and peace taught her lessons, which she shares through her writing.

  • 02:39: The orthopedic doctor took an x-ray of her knee. 
  • 04:57: She started to go into the rooms of children who had recently been brought into the hospital. 
  • 07:08: I had the support that I needed, and my daughters had the support that they needed.  
  • 09:13: She also started to feel very alienated from others in the school. 
  • 12:35: Was there a moment when things got worse?  
  • 13:58: What was your best moment?  
  • 16:10: We came home, and she had an oxygen machine for about three weeks and that helped her to breathe. 
  • 18:11: What is the one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of Elizabeth's cancer journey? 
  • 21:19: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the U.S., what would it be and why? 
  • 31:05: I experienced denial during Elizabeth's time of her illness.  
  • 34:58: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions 
  • 35:56: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?  


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Faith Wilcox

Hope Is a Bright Star: A Mother's Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again

Faith Fuller Wilcox believes that self-expression through writing leads to healing. Her writing is reflective of a growing body of medical research about “narrative identity,” which illuminates that how we make sense of what happens to us and the meaning we give to experiences beyond our control directly impact our physical and psychological outcomes. Faith learned these truths firsthand when her thirteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer that took her life. Faith’s journey from grief and despair to moments of comfort and peace taught her life-affirming lessons, which she shares today through her writing. Faith is the author of Hope Is A Bright Star: A Mother’s Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again that was published in June 2021. Faith is also the author of Facing Into The Wind: A Mother’s Healing After the Death of Her Child, a book of poetry.

A longtime resident of Massachusetts, Faith leads a journal writing program at MassGeneral for Children for patients and their families designed to give participants the opportunity to express themselves, alleviate stress, celebrate victories, and honor their grief.