She told her own story through a series of incredibly moving articles, published by the SF Chronicle. They can be found online here - well worth reading for the quality and grace of her writing.
I was very taken by the way she described herself as a writer early on in the stories:
"If I get through this, this story will help me remember the important moments along the way, the details, the dizzying emotions. And, in the worst of all circumstances, if I go through this life-changing ordeal and my body just wears out and I die, I will die a writer. The one thing I've always wanted to be."She succeeded at her dream.
Our family has been touched a lot by cancer, unfortunately, and it is continuing today, for my sister-in-law Susan and her mother. Our hopes and prayers are with both of them.