Posts by Marloe Esch

Marloe Esch, RN, BSN, Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN), and young adult cancer survivor, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing (Go Badgers!) in 2008. An enthusiastic supporter of sexual health and wellness, she has had the opportunity to spend time in her community educating both survivors and healthcare professionals on the topic of cancer and sexuality, including presenting for the Young Survival Coalition, the Oncology Nursing Society Wisconsin Capitol Chapter, and Planned Parenthood of WI. She holds a certificate from the Sexual Health Certificate Program through the University of Michigan, training in both Sexuality Education and Sexuality Counseling, and has made it her mission to bring sex into the survivorship spotlight. Currently, Marloe is a Breast Care Nurse Navigator in Milwaukee, WI. She lives in the Bay View neighborhood her husband and their cat, Princess Leia, in a fixer-upper that has “a lot of potential.” When she’s not at work or supervising her husband’s house projects, you’re likely to find her reading, writing, running, playing guitar, or enjoying a cold beverage and contemplating life. She’s also fairly competent at crochet, which comes in handy during the cold, dark Wisconsin winters. Feel free to give her a shout out at marloe.esch@uwalumni.com and let her know what questions you’ve got about sex, intimacy, and cancer!

Used to Feel So Good, Now it Feels SO Baaaaad…

by Marloe Esch June 14, 2019

Healthy blood vessels, nerves, and hormones all play a role in the genital changes that happen during sexual arousal.  Unfortunately, certain cancer treatments can disrupt any part of this complex process.  For example, pelvic surgery or radiation can alter the blood or nerve supply to your genitals, or cause tissue damage and scar formation. 

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Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy

by Marloe Esch March 14, 2019

What we put in our bodies can have a major impact on how we feel throughout treatment, so it’s important to think of good nutrition as part of your treatment plan, and to make it a priority. 

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Saying Something: We Survivors Don’t Need Excuses, We Need Support. 

by Marloe Esch February 8, 2019

There are definitely wrong things to say to people with cancer. Take, for example, the comment I received as a chemo patient from a stranger who insisted that I watch a YouTube video on her phone.

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Intimate Issues with Marloe: Your Brain in the Bedroom

by Marloe Esch January 7, 2019

While it’s true that the physiological aspects of sexual functioning, like vaginal lubrication, erection, and orgasm, are impacted in part by both our hormones and the health of the blood vessels and nerves that supply our nether-regions, that’s not the whole story. 

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