Overcoming the Trauma of Hair Loss
November 11, 2016
Hosted by Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA
Chemotherapy induced hair loss is one of the most difficult parts of the cancer journey for many women. For most of us, the good news is that it will grow back. Imagine if your hair doesn't come back. Please join us with our guest this week, TV actress and activist Amy Gibson. Amy's commitment to help other women “look beautiful and feel complete from the inside out" comes from her own struggle with alopecia beginning at age of 13, and having to cope with hair loss in the entertainment industry for 20 years. She has spoken courageously before the State Legislature of California to advocate and raise awareness for issues surrounding hair loss for women, has been active in Girls Inc., a non-profit organization which assists girls at risk in building self-esteem, and is an honorary board member for I'm a Kid Foundation, which educates children in the classroom about baldness.
Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio
Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
Breast Friends helps women and families deal with the emotional upheaval of cancer. Our show offers advice and provides hope 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 co-hosts, 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 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 Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.
Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA
The hosts met in 1991 in their corporate jobs at Dex Media. Both are breast cancer survivors and co-founders of Breast Friends, a national non-profit established in 2000. They have worked with thousands of patients over the last fifteen years and provide inspiration, hope, and practical guidance from point of diagnosis, through treatment and many years beyond. Both women received the Local Hero Award from BMW-North America and Susan G. Komen, and are Certified Navigators/Breast Advocates.
Sharon Henifin has been a breast cancer survivor since 1993. She left her job as a sales trainer in 2006 to work full-time for Breast Friends. She became a Certified Life Coach in 2008 and expanded Breast Friends Survivorship program using life-coaching technique. She created and facilitates the “Thriving Beyond Cancer,” workshops and retreats. She is a published author with chapters in two publications and is presently working on her first book.
Becky Olson is a three time breast cancer survivor. She left her job as a sales manager in 2005 to pursue her work with Breast Friends. Becky has been a professional speaker since 2003 and travels all over the country sharing her experience and inspiring women to find joy in adversity. She is a published author with chapters in two books and has also published her own book, “The Hat That Saved My Life,” published in 2004 with a second printing in 2007. Becky received the National Pink Power Mom Award in 2009, and the Bank of America Local Hero award in 2012.