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Jill Smokler, founder of influential blog ‘Scary Mommy,’ announces she has brain cancer

Elise Solé

May 21, 2024

Her honest, raw and funny writing helped mothers everywhere realize they weren't alone.

Jill Smokler, creator of the website “Scary Mommy,” whose raw and honest writing inspired a generation of mothers to bond over the understanding that parenting isn’t always rainbows and sunshine, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer at age 46. 

“I’m doing pretty much how you’d expect,” Smokler tells in her first interview since receiving her glioblastoma diagnosis. “Not great. I keep alternating between feeling so profoundly sad and so pissed off.”

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