She has been to hell and back, returning to recount harrowing and hilarious tales of her trip. Terri was silenced by oral cancer in 1991. Doctor’s said she had a 2% chance of surviving the disease that cost her more than half of her tongue and lower jaw, as well as a variety of significant body parts used in failed reconstructions attempts. Not only has she survived cancer and reclaimed her voice, Terri has honed her storytelling skills and brims with passion to inspire others with her stories. Audiences are moved to tears and laughter, hope and healing by her powerful presence.

Circle to Stage


Celebrating Beauty

With the help of the great people at the Center for Digital storytelling, Terri overcame her technophobia and created this digital story.


Shopping as a Spiritual Path 

A high-spirited, heart-gripping romp through disease, divorce and disfigured dating, Shopping as a Spiritual Path has played to packed houses and standing ovations from Berkeley to Boca Raton. Terri Tate, a survivor of near-fatal oral cancer, takes us on her harrowing and wildly funny search for cures. bargains and inner peace, and leaves us with a new, joyful slant on life “as is.” Shopping as a Spiritual Path, voted Best of the Fringe at the 2007 San Francisco Fringe Festival, is now available on DVD thanks to a grant from The Lloyd Symington Foundation.

Food Camp

Amid the wide and hysterical array of healing options that I pursued in an effort to survive oral cancer was a trip to a live foods center. Here's a clip from Shopping as a Spiritual Path describing the visit. 

The Captain

One of the biggest challenges of surviving two bouts of oral cancer was choosing among the healing options. Here's one healing path that was more hysterical than helpful! 

Discount Shopping

After pursuing a vast array of healing options, my inner knowing led me to the most powerful healing method of them all: shopping! Discount shopping, that is. Here's how it works!