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.

She is a seven-plus-year ovarian cancer survivor, who needed surgery and five months of chemotherapy in 2007. Luckily, Nancy has been in good health since mid-2007.

Nancy Brennan 2008

Ready to Ski, 2009

Nancy is an outdoor athlete who competed in long-distance cross-country skiing and running. She taught cross-country skiing at touring centers for eight years. Nancy also enjoys recreational swimming, hiking, bike riding, and slalom water-skiing.

Her favorite ski race was the Mt. Sainte-Anne Loppet in Quebec, CA, and her favorite running race was the Mt. Washington Road Race, which she completed three times. She skis the Vermont hills as often as she can.

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 for medical doctors and their professional publications 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

Speaking Availability

Ms. Brennan is also available for speaking at your cancer fundraising event or other event on the topic of exercise during cancer recovery.

Her talks emphasize the value of exercise, staying motivated during cancer treatment, and making a long-term commitment to exercise. She presents useful information and a personally inspiring story, spiced up with a light touch of humor and warmth.

Ms. Brennan is also the owner of Birdsbesafe® LLC, the makers and sellers of the Birdsbesafe Cat Collar, her invention which protects songbirds from cats.