Mama's Afro is a Soldier Too – A Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis Explained

October 6, 2021
Hosted by Michelle Beck

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Author and woman impacted by cancer, N.M. Charles discussed her book: “Mamas Afro is a Soldier Too – A Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis Explained.” The inner strength, drive, and determination of Mamas dealing with cancer are often unseen. That tenacity is much like a soldier going into battle. The Afro Soldier represents that drive. At the same time, it gives young children a visual understanding that Mama is going through a challenging period, but with the assistance of a fierce little warrior that is always by her side. N.M could not find a book to help her children while going through cancer treatment that represented her family, so she wrote one! Join us to learn more about it!

Breast Friends Cancer Support Network

Breast Friends Cancer Support Network

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 Network can be heard live every Wednesday at 9 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

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Michelle Beck

Michelle Beck

Michelle is a 2-time, 9-year survivor of breast cancer. In 2017, she began volunteering at Breast Friends of Oregon, and in the process found support, encouragement and a tribe of women who understood exactly what it is like to hear the words “you have cancer.” This changed her life forever.

Michelle’s early career was spent as a paralegal and then as a C-Level Executive Assistant for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Organization and details are her jam; everything has its place and “rules” are to be followed. But, after becoming a stay-at-home parent and two breast cancer battles, all her rules went out the window!

Her second cancer journey led Michelle to a new career path at Breast Friends. In early 2019, she was hired as the Patient Programs Assistant where she made herself indispensable. She is now embracing the opportunity to host the Breast Friends Cancer Support Network.

Michelle is a fierce breast cancer advocate. She is working on a book to tell her story and loves to speak to audiences about how to move forward in the face of life’s trials. Her blog, “I Never Liked Pink” allows her the platform to, as she says, “overshare” the things she’s discovered on life’s journey. The good, the bad and the “What the F??” Michelle enjoys exploring with her husband Nate, son Jackson and 2 dogs in their travel trailer She loves reading books, watching movies and is obsessed with true crime and paranormal podcasts.

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