About Lynda Shrager

 Author, lecturer, inspirational speaker and breast cancer survivor, Lynda Shrager holds a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Albany's School of Social Welfare. Shrager has practiced in the field of geriatric rehabilitation for over thirty years, the last twenty-three in private practice.

Shrager is the author of Otherwise Healthy® - A Planner to Focus Your Thoughts on Organizing Life After Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The first edition was distributed free to the medically under served with the assistance of a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Otherwise Healthy® has appeared on the Komen recommended resource list and has been featured in editions of Coping and Cure magazines. Shrager has appeared on National Public Radio's Round Table, WNYT (NBC affiliate) channel 13's Health Forum, and various televised health segments.

Shrager writes a weekly health column for the Albany Times Union, a Hearst chain daily newspaper, called Mom’s Rx. The column appears in newspapers throughout the country. Her “Organized Caregiver” blog is featured by Everyday Health, “the country’s leading online consumer health web site.

Known as “The Health Organizer,” Shrager is the only member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) who specializes exclusively in the area of organizing health information. She has presented numerous lectures and workshops in the area of breast cancer treatment, survivor issues and health and wellness employing organizing techniques and topical and timely health and wellness tips in an innovative approach to teach consumers to successfully negotiate the health care system. Her clients include the American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, the Capital District Center for Independence and the Mohawk Valley Library System.

She has served as a patient educator for Pfizer Pharmaceutical and the Capital District Physicians Health Plan Wellness Series. She was a presenter at the Boston University School of Social Work annual Spring Institute, the annual NYS Occupational Therapy conference and lectures at Russell Sage College Graduate School.

Shrager currently serves on the board of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America as Vice President of Education and Support, the American Cancer Society Medical Advisory Board and the Daughter’s of Sarah Nursing Center. She previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, NY, the Northeast Health Women's Health Initiative, and the Northeast Family Players. She was the founder of "Breast Friends," a self-help support group for breast cancer survivors.

Shrager was the recipient of the 2002 Award for her support of Breast Cancer Awareness by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and BMW of North America. In that same year she received the President's Award from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Upstate/Northeastern NY Chapter. Shrager has also been selected for inclusion in the National Cancer Survivors Day Speakers Bureau every year since 2004. She was featured in the October 2005 edition of the American Occupational Therapy Association's OT Practice Magazine.

Shrager resides in Slingerlands, NY.