As an author and entrepreneur, I have spent countless hours creating content to help others either via this blog or the books I have self-published and which formulate the basics of this business. Here, at The Next Step, I focus on helping people with:
How or why do I think I can share on these topics and help others? I have spent decades as an educator, an executive and an entrepreneur. I utilize social media EVERY day through content creation, image sharing and more to help promote ME - what I can do to help clients and more.
In addition to this small business, I also run a nonprofit which amalgamates all of the things I feel I have expertise in around education and content sharing and teaching and includes with it the life experiences of being a breast cancer survivor and a young one, at that.
Despite how "young" I was at diagnosis, I am nowhere near as young at diagnosis as many people I have had the privilege and the honor to meet and get to know. Cancer is a cruel disease - it takes all you have to survive it and if and when you do you are left forever changed in both good ways - and very bad ways.
A huge impact on young cancer survivors is the fact that they are always playing catch up and that their incomes and career possibilities are not as open as for people who you know did not have regular chemotherapy in their youth.
To help with this, my nonprofit is working on launching an online course about college readiness for cancer survivors in the very near future. Before the class, though, comes the workbook. I self published my 10th book today and I wanted to share it here - I had no clue when I published my first book in the Spring of 2016 that I would go on to write and publish 9 more books.
I continue to find new things to write about and a new way of looking at the world as a cancer survivor (in training). I know that my expertise and experiences can help others and that is why I share. I also know that having the background in higher education that I have coupled with the empathy of understanding what cancer treatments are like on the mind, body, soul, psyche that having this resource available to fellow survivors / thrivers can help them move forward in their futures.
I hope you can consider helping me reach my goal of being able to continue offering FREE help and training and sending FREE copies of my books to survivors and thrivers who need them by considering making a tax-deductible donation to my nonprofit The Balance After Cancer Foundation.
Thank you and God bless you this holiday season!
Me and my scars - photo credit: Sophie Mayanne Behind the Scars Project
Lisa Vento Nielsen