Remembering Jill Cohen

Jill Cohen was a daughter, a sister, wife and former nonprofit fundraiser who was initially diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 1999 at 39 years old. In August 2002, she visited an orthopedist to learn why her recent rounds of physical therapy for what she believed was a sports-related injury hadn't worked. Following an X-ray, she discovered that her cancer had returned and metastasized to her bones.

Some of Jill's favorite hobbies included dancing and singing, being an active leader in her synagogue and an avid reader of sci-fi and fantasy novels. She also enjoyed cooking for her extensive support network and attending an in-person weekly support group for people living with advanced types of cancer. Jill was active on social media and frequently updated her blog, Dancing with Cancer. The blog was named after the dance principle of learning to lead and follow and applied to her life with cancer. In August 2015, Jill celebrated her 13-year "Bat Mitzvah" living with metastatic breast cancer (mBC). Jill shared her story with people who were newly diagnosed with mBC to let them know that there is hope for living and doing well with the disease.

Sadly, on August 11, 2016, Jill Cohen passed away from mBC at the age of 56.

Photographed by Ben Heath and Angelo Merendino

Jill Cohen was a daughter, a sister, wife and former nonprofit fundraiser who was initially diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 1999 at 39 years old. In August 2002, she visited an orthopedist to learn why her recent rounds of physical therapy for what she believed was a sports-related injury hadn't worked. Following an X-ray, she discovered that

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Join Jill behind the scenes of her Story Half Told video and photo shoot.

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The love Jill and Rik shared was unparalleled. She will always live on in his heart.

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If Jill could be described with one word, it would be "selfless". She did everything possible to bring joy into others’ lives.

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Hand-in-hand, Jill and her family faced mBC together.

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Jill with her best friends, Boychik and Bob, who stood by her side through the worst of times.

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Life can be a delicate balance with mBC. But, there's always people to support and hold us up when we need it. Jill's husband, Rik, never failed to lift her up.

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It's okay to rest. Some days are easier than others. Always listen to your body when it tells you it's tired.

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A portrait of strength.

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Jill discusses her life, passions and career.

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It was important for Jill to have a healthcare team who understood her and her goals and wishes.

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Jill relied on her faith and her community to guide her.

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Jill dealt with all the pain and complications that went along with her mBC diagnosis.

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In loving memory of Jill Cohen.

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Jill was a kind soul with a heart of gold. The energy she radiated brightened every room she walked into.

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Live in abundance.