Camille Scheel is author of Camp Chemo: Postcards Home from Metastatic Breast Cancer, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2015. Camp Chemo is described as, ‘Young, vibrant, and very much alive, Camille Scheel shares her true tale of living with uncertainty. Through journalist updates dubbed, “Postcards from Camp Chemo,” Scheel communicates her unfiltered hopes, struggles, and successes in the face of what many people fear most. With astounding fortitude and grit, and often with a surprising sense of humor, Scheel shows us that light shines in even the darkest of hours, if only we know where to look. Written with tenderness and wisdom, Camp Chemo presents insights for anyone- with our without cancer.’
The book is based on her CaringBridge blog which she started after being diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at the age of 38. Her two kids were in 1st grade and one year old. When she learned the breast cancer metastasized to her bones almost 5 years after being “cured”, the blog started up again. Now she knows the cancer is incurable, but continues to live life on her own terms.
A tireless breast cancer advocate, Camille is passionate about educating others about life as a young survivor with Stage IV breast cancer. She is a breast cancer research reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressional Funded Medical Research Program and is a trained Hear My Voice Advocate for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
A lively, sincere and humorous speaker, she has presented to support groups, medical practitioner meetings, nonprofit organizations, book clubs, and religious communities to spread the word about living with Stage IV breast cancer.
Her media interviews include radio, video, podcast, blog and print publications including Minnesota Public Radio, Conquer: The Patient Voice Magazine, St. Paul Pioneer Press and HealthCommU and Living Beyond Breast Cancer blogs.
A spoken word artist and storyteller, Camille has presented poignant and humorous stories about living with cancer by performing in front of sold out shows for The Moth Story Hour.
Camille is available to speak with groups of any size on topics including but not limited to, being a young breast cancer survivor, living with a BRCA mutation, participating in a clinical trial, parenting through cancer, building a community of support, grief and loss, faith and cancer, living with metastatic breast at a young age, experiencing medical tests, chemo, radiation, lumpectomy, hysterectomy, mastectomy, reconstruction, working full time during treatment, living on disability, creativity and cancer, breastfeeding during cancer, complimentary therapies combined with traditional therapy and becoming an advocate.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Communication, Camille has taught public speaking, worked as a professional musician and as a non-profit fundraiser in the years before cancer changed her path.
Living in St. Paul, Minnesota, Camille shares a home with her husband Wade (a potter and painter), daughter Vivian (15, a musical theater actress), son Jackson (10, a gamer), Siamese cat ShuShu and a darling little 5 pound Chihuahua, Lupita.
Topics: living with metastatic breast cancer, parenting with cancer, living with early stage cancer, lymphedema, BRCA2 status, lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy, reconstruction, hysterectomy, menopause, grief, and advocacy.