A Journey Through Stage IV Cancer: 

Dancing Skeleton: A Journey Through Stage IV Cancer: Memoir, surviving cancer, life changes, health issues, a woman’s struggle with disease, connections with other cancer survivors, cancer research, cancer treatments, stage IV cancer, Relay for Life, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, City of Hope, meeting challenges, life transformations, helping others, nutrition, hope.

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  • Book review

    Mar 06, 2015



    "Dancing Skelton:  A Journey through Stage IV Cancer" is one of the most inspiring, hopeful and riveting books of 2014, I highly recommend that everyone put this book on their most read list.  Joanna, thank you for your courage and fortitude for giving hope to cancer victims, their familie...

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  • Diet and cancer

    Feb 16, 2015

    Does nutrition play a role in the recovery of cancer patients, yes it does.

    After undergoing chemotherapy it is so important to feed out body as much as possible with whole foods.

    It is also estimated that two thirds of cancers could be prevented by proper nutrition. Diet rich in fruits and vegeta...

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  • Acupuncture and cancer

    Feb 04, 2015

    Acupuncture and Digestion
    There are many studies showing that acupuncture can reduce
    nausea, vomiting, and fatigue associated with chemotherapy.
    Not to mention pain relief from neuropathy, incisions, tumors
    and chronic issues. Other cancer related benefits of acupuncture
    includes digestive aid since poor...

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Joanna Giangardella

About the Author

Twice in her life, Joanna Giangardella beat the odds. In her previous book, Girl from the Tower, she recounts how she was born on the Greek island of Pergos and was separated from her family at the age of ten through a UNICEF adoption program. Finding herself in a dysfunctional family in America where she was not allowed to embrace her coming of age years in a normal fashion or even speak her own language, she had to rely on her own internal strength to rediscover herself and her birth family. Later in life, as the hard-working owner of a hair salon, Joanna discovered she had Stage IV Cancer. Her road to recovery meant battling medical misdiagnoses and dealing with her own worst fears. Now an artist and a nutritional consultant, Joanna actively supports cancer research and nurtures others cursed with a similar diagnosis.


Joanna Giangardella is the author of Dancing Skeleton: A Journey Through Stage IV Cancer as well as The Girl From the Tower: A Journey of Lies.