Marilyn Lawlis: Adjusting Your Sails in the StormAugust 20, 2015 Paintings of northern wildlife and elegant ornaments adorn Marilyn Lawlis’ bright and cheerful kitchen, betraying a long-time passion for decorating. In fact, at the age of 19, she almost decided to study interior design, but instead opted to study social work. At 48, Lawlis felt healthier than ever. “I was at a good weight. I was walking every day and eating healthy. I was taking good care of myself.” But she began to feel “something like a weight” in her lower abdomen. She ignored it for awhile before going to see a doctor. A colonoscopy revealed she had colon cancer.read more about 'Marilyn Lawlis: Adjusting Your Sails in the Storm'