Email from Martha Laatsch, MSW


Hello Terri,

Whew! Words cannot express how appreciative and grateful I am for your fabulous presentation yesterday! I had many, many attendees and volunteers alike mention to me that this was “the best event so far” and that it was a keynote that spoke to everyone.

Each year, I see returning guests who come to celebrate another year of survival and this time I could tell many were just enthralled with your story and excited to hear your words of wisdom. And, it was so very special to have Carole Bradford there as well to introduce you.

Many, many thanks again!

Martha Laatsch, MSW
Community Outreach Program Director
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
North Campus Research Complex



U of M Event Response


Hi Terri!

It was such a pleasure meeting you today. You brought such a presence to this day, and you spoke words that I needed to hear. I thank you for sharing your story and thank you for being such a force in the world. Mental health is important and you exemplify all that is good in the world. Anyways, I'm sending you our picture. I will treasure this day for as long as I live.

Thank you again.

Sara Schaller 

ACS on the Michigan Bestselling Book list!

A Crooked Smile made the Michigan bestselling book list! The Michigan Bestseller List for June 2017 lists books about Michigan topics, written by Michigan authors, and/or published by Michigan publishers. Check out the entire list here!

Bosom Buddies Thank You!

I just wanted to share their kind words with you all. Thank you to BB for the opportunity! 

Dear Terri,

On behalf of Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support, Inc., I want to thank you for being the guest speaker at our evening support meeting last month on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

You were inspiring with your wit and wisdom. Your presentation was warmly presented and we appreciated the great Q & A. Thank you for sharing sections of your memoir, A Crooked Smile. What an awesome lady you are with a terrific story of survivorship. We wish you much health & happiness and success with your book. We are very grateful to you for sharing your time and special message with us.

Warmest Regards and Blessings,
Suellen Maxwell,
Vice President/Secretary
Bosom Buddies Board of Directors

Half Moon Bay Review

Half Moon Bay Review wrote a piece on Terri's upcoming lecture entitled Laughter is the best medicine: Cancer survivor speaks about power of the smile:

In her new memoir titled “A Crooked Smile,” Tate shares her experiences, including the cancer diagnosis, surgeries and the labyrinth of modern health care.

She recounts her years of living in a crucible of inner growth and shares her surprising adventures with unlooked-for helpers, shamanic guides, and unexpected openings to spiritual sources of wisdom and healing.

Read the entire piece here! Thank you Sarah Griego Guz and HMBR!

On Wednesday, April 12, join Terri for the Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Speaker Series in Half Moon Bay, CA for a presentation and a book signing! The Speaker Series is an ongoing monthly series of speakers covering topics from science, history, politics, citizenship, and more.

The Lancet Oncology Review

The Lancet Oncology journal has reviewed A Crooked Smile in their latest issue (Volume 18, No.4, April 2017)!

"A memoir is only ever as good as the voice behind it, and Tate’s is full of character. Her honesty shines through, and the unflinching view of her emotional and medical turmoil make this a powerful book." - Victoria Denny, The Lancet Oncology

The entire review can be found here or in the most recent issue. 

Photos from the Vero Beach Book Center reading in Florida


What a great night! Thank you all for coming!

Review in The Lancet Oncology medical journal!

The Lancet Oncology, a UK medical journal, is scheduled to review A Crooked Smile in their April 2017 issue, both in print and online! Since its first issue (October 5, 1823), the journal has strived to make science widely available so that medicine can serve and transform society, and positively impact the lives of people.

To see the current issue, click here, and to learn more about The Lancet Oncology medical journal, click here.

An email from Christi McPherson, RN, BSN

An email from Christi McPherson, RN, BSN // 09/19/16

Hello, everyone –
Several of us went to the local chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Fall Conference this past weekend. All of the speakers were great, but the keynote speaker said some things I just wanted to share. Her name was Terri Tate, and she herself has been an RN for many years and is a head and neck cancer survivor. Her topic she spoke on was called, “A Crooked Smile: Facing Change with Grace and Humor.” You see, she was treated years ago and had very negative results from her treatments (surgery and radiation). She had recurrent H & N cancer, requiring (at the time) removal of part of her jaw, half of her tongue, and she now has no working salivary glands. In other words, during her presentation she had to stop frequently to get sips of water due to very dry mouth, and it was a struggle for her to both talk and swallow from the deformity in her mouth and face. However, she has learned to handle all of this adversity with a great sense of humor and had the audience in stitches frequently.
Here are some things she said that I just wanted to share. She asked us to apply it to our workplaces to help all of us think the best of one another and work more as a team:
·         They used to refer to experienced nurses that treated newer nurses poorly (including LPN’s/MA’s/CNA’s) as “eating their young.” They now call it “lateral violence.” It’s when we’re nasty to one another. So, instead of gossiping and pot stirring on the job, talk about yourself. It will cut down on gossip at work. Keep the humor alive! It’s essential to laugh. Plus it works your abs, and it’s good for the soul. 
·         Let people know how much you care about them. Say “I love you” more often, and your life will be filled with more moments of grace/positivity.
·         Be grateful for the little things, even in the worst moments. Ignore and quiet the “vile bitch” in your head. Even if you’re having a bad day, always remember you’re making a HUGE difference in the lives of others.
·         Take good care of and be nice to yourself, and it will help you treat others better, too.
- Christi McPherson, RN, BSN // Radiation Oncology // Huntsman Cancer Hospital