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Betty Rollin New York
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Betty Rollin is a contributing correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, and has been a correspondent for NBC's Today. Rollin's special reports for Nightly News included a series on the Indians of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, which won both the duPont and Emmy awards.

Author of First You Cry, the landmark best-seller that broke the silence about breast cancer, Betty celebrated her 25th year of survival in the year 2000.

Betty, who gives what she calls "cheery cancer talks," is a speaker who brings intelligence, inspiration and humor to a subject that is on all women's minds.

In addition to writing First You Cry, which was re-published in the fall of 2000, Betty is the author of five other books, including another best-seller, Last Wish, about the life and death of her mother. Both books were made into television movies, and both books have been published in more than fifteen foreign countries.

Prior to her television career, Rollin was an associate feature editor and staff writer for Vogue magazine and later a senior editor for Look magazine. She has contributed articles to many national magazines including The New York Times where she was also a "Hers" columnist.

A native New Yorker, Rollin is a graduate of Fieldston Ethical Culture School in Riverdale, NY, and Sarah Lawrence College.


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  • The Bright Side - Based on Ms. Rollin's newest book, Here's the Bright Side (of Failure, Fear, Cancer, Divorce and Other Bum Raps.)

  • The Bright Side of Breast Cancer - A factual, funny and uplifting talk about what Ms. Rollin has learned from the experience of having cancer and about progress that has been made to treat the disease.

  • Making the Best of the Worst - Turning life's disasters around (includes illness). We'd of course prefer awful things didn't happen to us, but when they do, there are ways to turn them around.

  • What Patients Want - (a talk designed for physicians, medical students and nurses) What we patients want in terms of care, compassion and manners! If the news is bad, how we like it delivered.

  • Death and Dying - End of life decisions. Should physician-assisted suicide be an option?
Here's the Bright Side First, You Cry Last Wish
Here's the Bright Side: Of Failure, Fear, Cancer, Divorce, and Other Bum Raps First, You Cry: The Classic, Inspiring Story of One Woman's Triumph Over Breast Cancer Last Wish

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