Communication and Connection for Families Coping with Cancer
April 11, 2018
Hosted by Becky Olson, CN-BA
Facing end of life issues can be devasting for families coping with a stage 4 diagnosis of cancer. Our guest today, Elizabeth Dougherty, will share with us how to communicate with families facing this situation and will explain what palliative care is, when is it appropriate and more.
Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio
Wednesday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
Breast Friends helps women and families deal with the emotional upheaval of cancer. Our show focuses on education, inspiration and hope, by offering advice to the patients and survivors, while teaching their friends and family how to provide significant and helpful support to their loved ones.
Our show benefits the patients, as well as their friends and family members in several ways: Patients benefit because they find hope and inspiration in hearing stories of survival not only from the host, but also from our guests. Their friends and family members benefit by learning ways to support their loved ones and understand her journey a bit better. Each week we will introduce a different topic AND GUEST and provide resources that are sure to create interest and provide additional support to the patients and their families
Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio can be heard live every Wednesday at 9 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.
Becky Olson, CN-BA
Becky has spent most of her life in sales. She started her sales career in her 20’s, first in the film industry where she sold movies to independent and major theater chains, then moved to Tupperware where she could be a stay at home mom for her new and growing family. Eventually Becky went back to work in the advertising industry for a multibillion-dollar company.
Becky believes in Thinking Big! When she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer in 1996, she started envisioning the possibility of doing something to help others who are battling cancer. In 2000, she and her friend, Sharon Henifin, decided to start a non-profit called Breast Friends. Becky was a four-time survivor of advanced stage breast cancer, but in October 2018, was diagnosed for the fifth time. She is now fighting her 5th battle, this time with stage 4 metastatic disease. She believes in “Staying in the Light,” and is living proof that obstacles don’t have to stop you from succeeding in life.
Becky has been married for nearly 40 years. She and her husband, Bill, have five children and four grandchildren. They reside in Portland, Oregon with their dog, Swayze.