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
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
Shrager resides in Slingerlands, NY.