Debra Jarvis works as a per diem chaplain at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She is the author of It’s Not about the Hair: And Other Certainties of Life & Cancer (Sasquatch, 2007), an account of her time with cancer as she continues to work as an oncology chaplain. Her book The Journey Through AIDS: A Guide For Loved Ones and Caregivers (Lion, 1992) has been used nation-wide as a training book for AIDS caregivers. It features interviews with caregivers, medical personnel and people living with AIDS. Her second book, HIV Positive, Living With AIDS (Lion, 1990), is written for those who are HIV positive and deals with the spiritual issues around AIDS. Her first book, Take It Again—From The Top (Lion, 1986) is a memoir of her faith journey. She lectures at the University of Washington medical school and Bastyr University on medicine and spirituality. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1989.

2011 Writers Program

1999 Writers Program

Sound Clips
  • Debra Jarvis - Portrait
    Canine Connection – Debra Jarvis