Outdoor athlete, writer, and health advocate, Nancy Smith Brennan writes with passion, knowledge and inspiration.

Nancy Brennan has researched the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors, which is a topic that she also knows about from personal experience.

Nancy Brennan 2008

Ready to Ski, 2009

Nancy is an outdoor athlete who competed in long-distance cross-country ski races, as well as half-marathons and mountain races as a runner. She taught cross-country skiing at touring centers for eight years. Nancy also enjoys recreational swimming, hiking, bike riding, and water-skiing. She is, as of 2020, a twelve-plus-year ovarian cancer survivor, having had surgery and chemotherapy in 2007.

Nancy Brennan has been a freelance writer and editor for more than twenty-five years. She was a weekly newspaper columnist in 2007, writing about skiing for the Albany (NY) Times Union. She was a medical copyeditor from 2007-2009. This is her first book.

Nancy Brennan holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in biology, with a minor in creative writing.

“I’m so glad to be able to offer this book to the people who need it. Exercise can be so helpful to your cancer recovery. It can also provide a morale boost, as well as a way to feel more emotionally centered and more in control of your recovery.

I hope that all cancer survivors will commit to excellent self-care, in addition to their medical treatment, by adding exercise to their cancer recovery. It doesn’t have to be hard, and it can be fun and meaningful.”  – Nancy Brennan