Why Young Breast Cancer Patients Need Specialized Resources
May 27, 2020
Hosted by Becky Olson, CN-BA
After her own breast cancer diagnosis at 35, April Stearns was very alone for a number of years until she met another in-real-life survivor who was also diagnosed under 45. Meeting her changed everything for April, and opened up her eyes to the fact that young women with breast cancer need resources that are specific to their age and station in life. Since then April has made it her life's work to help women who were diagnosed at a young age tell their stories so that others will feel less alone.
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.