Lois Hjelmstad, author of award-winning books, Fine Black Lines: Reflections on Facing Cancer, Fear and Loneliness, The Last Violet: Mourning My Mother, and This Path We Share: Reflecting on 60 Years of Marriage, has spoken more than 585 times to a diverse population in all 50 states, England, and Canada, including patients, professionals, cancer support groups, women's groups, and book clubs. She has given keynote addresses, provided in-services (Continuing Education Units and Continuing Medical Education), held workshops, and presented at physicians' conferences (as well as at Grand Rounds and Tumor Boards).

Presentation Topics

From Cancer Girl to Cover Girl
Breast Cancer and the Issues of Intimacy
The Human Side of Cancer—A Survivor's Perspective (1-4 hrs. CEU, CME)
Writing as a Path to Healing (workshop)
Mourning My Mother—Moving Beyond Regret
How to Stay Married for 64 Years – Commitment, Challenge, Courage 
Everyone Has a Story – How and Why We Write Them



Broadcast Appearances include:

KWGN-TV, WB Denver, CO WACU Radio, Ithaca, NY
KCNC-TV. CBS Denver, CO Canada A.M., Toronto, ONT
KMGH TV, ABC Denver, CO KJSL Radio, St. Louis, MO
KRMA-TV, PBS Denver, CO Wisconsin Public Radio
Living with Cancer, PBS Documentary WILL Radio (NPR), Champaign, IL
Rosie O'Donnell Show, New York, NY Numerous others across the US


Previous Appearances include:

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
World Conference on Breast Cancer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
World Conference on Breast Cancer, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Issues After Breast Cancer, Portland, OR
Oncology Nursing Society, San Francisco, CA
Nancy Floyd Haworth Public Education Seminar 2004, Albuquerque, NM
The West Clinic, Memphis,TN
Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE
Kuakini Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women, Honolulu, HI
Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
Breast Cancer Detection Center, Fairbanks, AK
Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home, AR
Lexington Medical Center, Lexington, SC
Gilda's Club, New York, NY
Breast Cancer Update 96, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, TX
Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon (with Betty Ford), Vail, CO
Colorado Oncology Nursing Society Conference, Denver, CO
University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, IA
National Women's Studies Assn. Conference, Milwaukee, WI
Adelphi University, Long Island, NY
University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI
University of Nebraska Women's Center, Lincoln, NE
California Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, San Diego, CA
Natl. Conference for Cancer Self Help Groups, Manchester University, UK
North Memorial Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Tampa Memorial Hospital, Tampa, FL
First Congregational Church, Colorado Springs, CO
Denver Lion's Club, Denver, CO
Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
Kent County Hospital, Warwick, RI
Cancer Research & Therapy Center, San Antonio, TX
Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Ellis Fischell Cancer Center, Columbia, MO
Hospice of Metro Denver, Denver, CO
Recovery Plus Conference, Traverse City, MI
Biology Class, Northglenn High School, Northglenn, CO