I spent a lot of time in my life needing to be rewarded and/or doing things for the purpose of benefiting ME or my family. Not very humble, I know.
This year, I have been able to experience a complete change in my drive and emotions. I went from wanting to be, "Hi, I am Lisa and I am the person to rock this / that etc..." to "Hi, I am Lisa- how can I help others?" From my trip to Italy and feeling that I need to help others and be able to move someplace where I can afford to be focused on others and not on my bottom line (check out my house, it is for sale, want to buy it?) to my trip to Tennessee with Compassion That Compel's Repurpose Conference and seeing again first hand how much people need survivorship help for the life after cancer.
Before my trip to Europe, I was stuck on just one free online course and trying like heck to figure out a way to monetize my nonprofit and to be able to make it into a career. What I learned instead and was inspired to do is to live a life of service and to make the offerings free, to focus instead on giving and giving instead of a strategy for taking - for me, personally. I was able to launch 5 more classes and an online writer's workshop - ALL FOR FREE and not the kind of free that is 30 minutes of "fluff" and 20 minutes of a pitch to get you to spend money on the REAL class but actual REAL CLASSES with REAL LESSONS and ALL FOR FREE.
With over 15 years' experience creating curriculum and teaching online and in person the offerings available here are lesson based education with easy bite-sized courses with actionable next steps to implement these new learnings in your life immediately. Check out the services and learning programs offered below and check out the press release here.
Current Programs Offered by Balance After Cancer Foundation
When I found my purpose by being repurposed…
I have spent a bulk of time trying to promote myself – as a long time entrepreneur and a Type A (reformed) personality, there was a lot of promotion in my life. “Call me, I am really good at X.” “Hi, I am Lisa and I am experienced at ….” And more. There was also the constant pivot to figure out how to monetize my skills to help keep my life afloat with a high cost of living, a higher mortgage and a fixed income.
Recently, I got enlightened in my heart – and my heart and soul have become united in the front to be a servant to others, to help others, instead of trying to figure out how to become a successful <insert whatever here>.
During my recent trip to Italy and before that meeting the leader of Compassion That Compels, Kristianne Stewart, helped me slowly chip away at my veneer of the “humble brag” or the “vanity” of being seen as a wonder and instead to help others without looking for anything in return.
We are ALL wonders, we are all wonderfully and beautifully made and the first time Kristianne prayed over me, via cell phone and during the end of my radiation, was a small seed, a beginning that has sprouted into the most amazing of things.
Kristianne is a leader and a giver and it is ALL ABOUT HELPING OTHERS. Her nonprofit, Compassion That Compels, started with a letter and an idea to provide support to women facing life changing diagnoses around cancer. Since launching, her group has given out over 7000 Compassion Bags and have built communities of women, relationships and breadcrumbs from God to us to them and back again. Things that just CANNOT be coincidences happen all of the time with this group and by extension to me.
When I first got my notification that my nonprofit was approved, I sat in my backyard and looked around at the wonderful trees and started to talk to my Saint, Padre Pio. I prayed and said, “So I am ready to help others but I do not know how to let anyone KNOW that I am here, that this nonprofit even exists…” When my phone rang and it was Kristianne calling to ask me to partner with her organization to help with the On Your Feet program.
And from that call, we began to create a program that could help women get back their confidence and their PLAN B after cancer. This weekend, I was lucky enough to be a part of the life changing Repurpose Conference in Tennessee with the giving, selfless and loving team from Compassion from Kristianne to the Board to the volunteers and beyond. Each one of them are a powerhouse of relationship building, prayer and openness to embrace and help others.
My life is forever changed by being a part of the Compassion That Compels family – but you can also be a part of their family – you can sign up on their website to be a volunteer, to ask for a prayer or to be involved with the On Your Feet program.
The crux of my trip to Europe showed me, through my faith, that I could let go and move and also that my purpose in this life is to help others. With my upcoming move, I can focus on my nonprofit and continue to provide free survivorship resources and tools for life after cancer. The relationship I have with Compassion That Compels just proves to me how blessed and lucky I am to know the team and to help them help women.
I repurposed my pain and my cancer diagnosis to go from helping myself, promoting myself to helping others and promoting THEM – they are amazing and just a few of them spoke at this weekend’s event and their words about how my nonprofit was able to help them brought me to happiest of tears and made my soul so so happy.
I was honored to have the chance to speak and to me, it was the best time of my life – all fun and laughter and I hope the true explanation that I want to serve – who is next to have my help?
Thank you Kristianne, team and the fellow speakers and volunteers – I am honored to know you.
Just some of the amazing women Repurposed together through Compassion That Compels...
Just a little of the talk...
As an educator and a published author who has worked with NYC to train students on how to be college and career ready, I know how important it is to have help when getting ready for college. As a cancer survivor, I cannot imagine how much harder it is for young adult and pediatric cancer survivors and thrivers (and previvors) to get ready for this step into education - this FREE course is the first step in helping them move forward - find out more in the link above or click on the photo to register for the course. Please share! & special thanks to the one who inspired me to move forward on this - you know who you are!
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Our founder Lisa Vento Nielsen was interviewed by Fight Cancer Global along with 2 other survivors - the topic is about moving onward and forward with the main focus to never fight alone.
Check out the video below - our segment begins past minute 3.
Our founder, Lisa Vento Nielsen, was invited to speak at this FREE teleseminar event focusing on "Shattered Woman Rising" by its creator Erin Ley.
When asked about this event, Lisa said, "I am honored to lend my voice as a fellow shattered woman rising about how being a woman, a mom and a cancer survivor have led to me rebuilding and recreating my life the WAY I want to live it!"
Many of the women speaking for this teleseminar have experienced various issues and challenges in their lives and are compelled to share their stories to help others. Do not miss out - sign up FOR FREE today at the link below!
We are so pleased to announce that an article by Lisa Vento Nielsen has been published in the Winter 2019 issue of Cancer Health Magazine. You can read the article here.
Lisa also blogs about her breast cancer experience, being a wife, mom, small business owner, nonprofit founder and more at supermombc.com and Cancer Health serializes her blog posts. When they learned about her nonprofit work, they requested an article for the print edition of their magazine, which is also posted online here.
The work we do at Balance After Cancer Foundation of course goes beyond "work readiness" but it is a component of expertise for our founder as she created a small business called The Next Step which is based on college and career readiness with expertise of over 20 years with helping people take, well, the next step.
Work is a necessity for those of us who CAN work - we need the health insurance, the normalcy of the 9 to 5 and the companionship of others. What we also need though is compassion and passion. Compassion by others who work with us and help us along the way when we are struggling instead of laying us off or firing us or making our lives at work tougher. We also need passion - the fire that is in our belly to enjoy our life, to be ready every day for something that brings us peace and happiness. These things can go together and they should but if they cannot, this is where the other programs and trainings that are launching soon will come into play - about relationship building, friendship formations, running a small business and more.
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Balance After Cancer Foundation is proud to announce the upcoming creation of "College After Cancer" & Workbook Publication
Announcement from our founder:
The Balance After Cancer Foundation is happy to announce that our founder, Lisa Vento Nielsen, has written her ninth book (third workbook) and it is specifically on being "college ready after cancer". In addition to the book, which is live on Amazon now, there will be an online course, launching soon, to help young adults and those returning to their education after a cancer diagnosis prepare for their education.
We do not have to tell you how having cancer is disruptive to our lives - we all who have experienced cancer understand that - but for those who are diagnosed before adulthood, the challenges are that much greater.
Lisa has taught college for over 13 years in the NYC area both online and in person. She had written books for her students and those who did not have her as a Professor centered on College and Career Readiness after learning first hand how students of today struggled with being ready to hit the ground running. She is taking those lessons and making them tailored to cancer survivors. Now that she herself has experienced cancer, she understands the true costs of going through treatment on psyche, mind, soul and body. Her thought process is to combine her expertise as an educator with the empathy she can understand for those who have experienced cancer at a younger age and now need to return to the land of "normalcy" in the college setting.
"I was inspired," Lisa says, "both from my students as well as from a young lady I had the pleasure of meeting who is currently facing the decision of whether or not to go back to school after dealing with cancer. Any way I can help young people get back to 'normal' is important to me and one thing I learned in my life is that education can NEVER be taken away from you."
Watch this space for more updates, coming soon.
Other Books Written By Lisa Vento Nielsen
I have huge news to share. I met some soulmates - they are Megan and Alisa and they run an annual event called the "Soul Success Summit" out in Santa Barbara California.
As an entrepreneur (since 1999, y'all), I have done a lot, seen a lot and most importantly FAILED a lot. I took all of my lessons and wrote books on it - see them here (and those are just the books I wrote on Entreprenuerial stuff).
It can be so hard to be an entrepreneur - it is isolating (not as isolating as cancer but isolating in its own way). You have all of these ideas in your head and plans and it can be hard to find like-minded people who are interested in hearing about them and giving their opinions.
When I heard about the Soul Success Summit, I knew I had to apply to speak at it - I also knew it would be a long shot for me to be picked. I am, in some ways, a great candidate but I have BIG drawbacks. My talk is more specifically related to my new niche - the one no one wants - that of being a cancer survivor as well as an entrepreneur, educator, author and speaker. I have so much to share but it is all back to "balance" and understanding how we find joy and how we MUST take care of ourselves.
I am not the speaker who will focus only on the bottom line - I talk about the full life, all of the things that bring us joy and HEALTH - health above all. There is a component I bring, a vibrancy and passion to what I share that the founders of this event saw and knew would be a great fit for the AMAZING women who will be speaking and learning at this event.
I cannot wait to find my new girl tribe - I am so honored to have been picked to be a speaker at this event for the weekend of March 30-31; the event is so huge it has been broken up into two weekends! Can you believe it?
If you have read my words and not yet met me, come to California to hang out with the best girl minds in the business of making businesses successful. If you know me anyway in real life, come TOO. Use the code "lisanielsen" to get $100 off your ticket here and come on to Cali with me...
Don't forget about the FREE Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit (free until December 8, 2018) click here for more information
A teaser of some of my other speaking engagements...
I am so honored to be a part of the GLOBAL Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Summit for Day 1. This is a 7 day summit asking us to find 25 ways to thrive. Breast cancer, as we all know, is a global epidemic and one that affects someone every 2 minutes of the day with a diagnosis. It affects men and women and like any life changing diagnosis, it impacts every aspect of our lives.
Through sharing my story and building this nonprofit focusing on survivorship tools around the very things we all need - dignity, a sense of purpose and the ability to make a future in a world that suddenly has been turned upside down - I was so excited to be asked to be a speaker for this event. It is a virtual event so you can be a part of this summit from anywhere in the world. By signing up via the Eventbrite link BEFORE December 8th for FREE access to all of the speakers and the topics - the link is here!
The focus of the event is thriving, healing and building out your resource list for getting back to "normal" after a breast cancer diagnosis. I hope to see you there!
Information from the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit 2018/2019 Website
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