Robert H. Chapman/Courtesy Will Schwalbe Mary Ann Schwalbe
After Mary Anne Schwalbe learned she had advanced pancreatic cancer, in 2007, her son Will suggested she start a blog to keep family and friends informed. Schwalbe liked the idea but worried it was “unseemly” to broadcast news about herself, so she asked her son to write it instead. The blog became “Will’s Mary Anne Schwalbe News.” When Mary Anne decided it would be “easier” if she composed the first entry, she dictated in the third person for Will to type and post — a practice that continued until the blog’s, and Mary Anne’s, last days. By CHRISTOPHER R. BEHAPublished: January 4, 2013, New York Times Book Review.