On August 2004, the comfortable and predictable world of Shari Willis Gingras was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. I was prescribed a rigorous course of treatment that included multiple surgeries, intensive chemotherapy with significant side effects, 32 rounds of radiation and infusion of a monoclonal antibody.
At first, I felt devastated, terrified and overwhelmed. But part way through my treatment, after a bout of crying and beating on the walls of the shower, a new way of thinking about my cancer came to me. Although pain and discomfort was an inevitable part of treatment to get rid of the cancer, I didn’t have to suffer. I began to develop a mindset and coping strategies that, after 18 months of intensive treatment, left me feeling empowered, stronger, and more independent than ever before.
I am now using my experience and knowledge to help others cope with their own cancer journeys.
Seeing breast cancer as a “wake-up call,” I encourage and teach women (and men) diagnosed with cancer to stop taking life for granted, to live up to their full potential, and make their lives the exciting adventures they could and should be. I help cancer patients move from being victims of cancer to survivors of cancer, and finally, to thrivers after cancer!
Having someone by your side as you go through cancer treatment can help you:
Develop the knowledge and confidence to better understand and take charge of your cancer
Improve your overall health
Improve your sense of well-being
Manage common treatment side effects
Enhance your emotional health and improve relationships
I have moved audiences of more than 700 people to tears with my story of coping with 18 months of surgery, intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments due to my 2004 Stage III breast cancer diagnosis.
Not only did I survive that rigorous treatment, but I developed a system of tactics and strategies that actually left me feeling empowered, stronger, and more confident than ever before. I moved from being a victim of cancer to a survivor – to a thriver after cancer!
I am available to share my uplifting message and some of these strategies with your group or meeting.
The comfortable, predictable world of Shari Willis Gingras was turned upside down in 2004 when I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Facing an aggressive cancer with an unfavorable prognosis, I gradually developed tactics and strategies that helped me to complete treatment feeling empowered, strong, and more confident about my future.
In my #1 bestselling book, I share strategies, tactics, and insights to help you get through the stages of your own cancer journey, taking you from being a victim of cancer to a survivor of cancer, and on to becoming a “thriver” after cancer!