I am, as you all know, a bit of a nut. I am a career expert who is also a speaker and author oh and a cancer survivor. I am trying really hard NOT to let the whole cancer thing define me but for so many reasons, it is something that is a definer of me and my life and how I move forward in my life.
As an educator since, uh, birth and a published author with 9 books under my belt - and more coming - you can see the published ones here.
I have learned that using my voice to help others is super important and trying to find my niche in the world is basically tied up with my diagnosis at 39 years old and the way I try to live my life post cancer.
A lot of what happens with a life changing diagnosis is something NO ONE wants to be a part of - who would want to be "sick" - really sick? No one. But yet, it is something that is forecasted to hit at least 50% of Americans - and that is just cancer. There are many many other invisible illnesses and chronic diseases that folks are meant to just smile through when all they want to do is scream because there is no tool for this - this new life of living after diagnosis.
My nonprofit, The Balance After Cancer Foundation, started with my 20+ years' experience of helping people take the next step (of course I went there - who wouldn't - it's a great "pun".
However, my expertise and ideas do not end there - it goes beyond being "work ready" and into the world of passion and compassion and thinking about what makes you tick, what makes you happy and adding more of that into your life.
You do not have to have ever been sick to want to do that - right?
I hope you check out my article here and let me know what you think - what do you wish you could do more of in your life?
Lisa Vento Nielsen