Skip to Content


M. D. Anderson Women's Symposium Presents Best-Selling Author, Gail Sheehy

M. D. Anderson Women's Symposium Presents Best-Selling Author,
Gail Sheehy
Seminars on Stress, Heart Disease and Well-Woman Visits Round Out Program
M. D. Anderson News Release 07/19/01

Women's health activists and cancer patient caregivers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have recognized that the break-neck pace of modern women's lives dictates that they take charge of monitoring their own physical and mental health.

To help inform women on what to expect from their bodies and what to do if they suspect a problem, M. D. Anderson is presenting the fund-raiser event, Healthy Woman's Symposium:  An Innovative Conference for Women About Women, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the J. W. Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road.

Keynoting the half-day, informative program will be New York Times best-selling author Gail Sheehy, who is best known for Passages, her original book examining the stages of adult development.  Sheehy will discuss "Healthy Women in the 21st Century" and incorporate a career of prolific writings on women's physical and mental health, including menopause.  Beyond statistics and findings about breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy, she optimistically deems middle age as a woman's "Second Adulthood."

Another program highlight will be an informative role-playing presentation on "Making the Most of Your Well-Woman's Check-Up," which will illustrate how a woman can maximize time with her doctor during her annual check up. 

Actress Megan Cole and ovarian cancer survivor Dr. Deborah Sills will stage skits in tandem with
M. D. Anderson physicians, Dr. Diane C. Bodurka and Dr. Edgardo Rivera.  Cole starred last year in the Alley Theatre debut of Wit, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicling the emotional journey of a strong-willed professor of literature who is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer.

Also on the symposium program will be "Heart Disease - What Women Need to Know" by Dr. Stephanie A. Coulter of the Texas Heart Institute and "Laughing Your Way Through Stress" with Kingwood-based therapist/humorist Dr. Marion Pietz. 

"We've put together an exciting, diverse program by addressing the health and well-being issues most on a woman's mind," explains Elizabeth Blanton Wareing, a member of M. D. Anderson's Board of Visitors and co-chair of the event with fellow board members Nellie Connally and Barbara Hurwitz.  "Although M. D. Anderson is presenting the day's activities, we recognize that it is important to consider the condition of the whole woman."

Benefiting from event proceeds will be M. D. Anderson's Blanton-Davis Ovarian Research Program, the Nellie B. Connally Breast Cancer Fund and outreach programs of the Public Education Office.

Further making Oct. 18 a day to celebrate the health of women, the Healthy Woman's Symposium will prelude Saks Fifth Avenue's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer evening fund-raiser.  Fashion Targets Breast Cancer will launch a weekend of shopping — Oct. 18-21 — throughout the store during which 2 percent of all sales also will be donated to the Nellie B. Connally Breast Cancer Fund.  Symposium attendees will be invited to the invitation-only gala and to receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases that afternoon and evening. 

To receive information about Healthy Woman's Symposium, please call 713/792-2765 or visit  For more information about Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, please call 714/792-3450.


© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center