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
As a professor and educator since 2003 both online and in person, I feel education is key to life. If I am not learning, I am not living. This course is the first of MANY to come - some will be free, some will require a small fee ($20 or $30) to sign up. This course is The Basics - all about getting back to "normal" after cancer, major life-changing diagnosis or other news like genetic predisposition to cancer... Watch the video below for a quick overview of the course.
As someone who is focused on helping others oh and who has helped people for over 20 years with resumes, career planning and more (seriously, check out my other small business, The Next Step), I feel that founding this nonprofit is what I am meant to do and grow.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 39 years old, I had just gotten a full time teaching job after subbing and being an adjunct for several years. Before that, I worked in NYC as a Vice President in financial services firms focusing on managing multimillion dollar projects (more about me here). I lost my job the day after my last chemotherapy and started sharing my story shortly after that, here, on this blog.
I shared everything, my story, my topless photos and more. I realized during my sharing that it was helping to heal me. Me, who had been so ashamed and so scared when I was diagnosed, was slowly becoming a voice of reason for myself and others. This blog is still read by over 1500-2000 people PER WEEK and for August alone, I have had over 9100 folks have been on my homepage of this nonprofit - not too shabby for zero dollars in marketing and all that.
This course has been a labor of love for me - I have created and launched countless online courses for other institutions and have done them quickly and efficiently. I am skilled at Moodle and BlackBoard - this was my first experience at creating a course that meant so much to me personally and professionally. I do hope you check it out - I had a soft launch the day before I left for vacation (which I am still on, by the way - more on that later)… and I already have 4 students logged in and learning with me...
I am debating if this course is "too much". It is built like a light college course - there are 3 sections with video and "assignments" which are really just discussion based assignments with review and help from me - a career expert, a cancer survivor, an author and a mom...
Life is all about Balance and this organization, Balance After Cancer, is my way of trying to help others find their "new normal".
The One Boobed Member of Destiny's Child or My Survivor Speech at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Staten Island Kick Off Event...
About Making Strides...
Last August, I signed up to walk in the local Making Strides walk - I had never raised money before nor had I ever walked before for a cause. I had spent the last couple of years raising my kids and giving money if and when I was asked for it but had not ever done anything like a walk.
So I went to last years kick off with my daughter and I had a lot less hair and a totally weird experience with calling myself a survivor. I walked in to register and got a sash calling me a survivor, clapped in by a local cheerleading team, got photographed and a flower and heard the speaker Holly Bonner speak about her story, which had us all in tears of her bravery and strength and then I thought to myself 2 things:
1- I wanted to be a pacesetter and raise more than 2500 but it was a crazy thought and one I had no clue how to execute on but I knew I wanted to do it and
2-I wanted to be the speaker like Holly and share my story - which was just another crazy thought without any basis in reality - I had just started blogging and didn’t even really understand my own story yet or the power of my words...
But I was learning - I was sharing and meeting people from all over who were chatting with me, reading me, sharing me - cancer health magazine began to serialized my content and I had numbers going up and up for unique visitors, twitter followers and my favorite relationship builder instagram was growing and I recognized that maybe I did have a story to tell that people needed to hear,
Well, dear reader, (hey Charlotte Bronte thanks for that), I did it - I became a pacesetter and some extra on top and I was picked to be the survivor speaker at the event.
Whoa! If you watch the video you can just see how damn excited I was and how the American Cancer Society and their events put my kids fears at ease and showed me how to be a survivor.
The making strides event was amazing mc’d by the local office leader Kimberly Cantoni. We had amazing food, camaraderie and what unites us ignites us -
Lessons on just how far our donated dollars go to helping the American cancer society be sure that no one walks alone - with rides to treatment, lodging near cancer hospitals, look good feel good programs and more!
Soo think about walking - join my team if you’re in the NY area I’m Lili’s Team (as we try to come up with a different name )...
This is what I do in the time between.
So here I am, a year and 9 months post diagnosis and still writing and talking about what it means to be diagnosed with cancer...
Some of you might kindly wonder why I’m still writing and talking about these things now and not just putting it behind me and moving on...
Some of you might rudely think I’m just stuck and need to get over myself and come to think of it you’re sick of seeing my body out there as an example of living after cancer...
Whatever it is you think I learned the hard way not to give a good dang about it. No offense please.
The idea is that God gave me the ability to write, to tell my story, to use my voice and shout it out and no matter what I don’t feel the time has come for me to sit down and shut up already.
Would it be easier for my kids if I shut up and stopped sharing? Well, since they see me everyday markedly different than I was before, no I don’t think so. No matter what even if I had reconstructed my right breast I would still look different and feel different too - my kids are used to popping (and I mistyped that at first as pooping lol that’s true too) in on me all the time despite locking doors and being private they can still and have still at times found me mid clothing change or in a wardrobe mishap (it doesn’t just happen to celebrities check out my pics from my luau we hosted and you can peep my scar instead of a boob).
I’m not ashamed of my scars or my body (anymore). I love myself from head to toe and I know there are many women out there and men too who have or haven’t been hit with the cancer stick and don’t appreciate or love themselves. It’s an epidemic and it’s also something that can’t be helped I guess.
You see there are things I wish you knew about yourself that you just probably can’t know unless you get hit with the cancer stick and trust me I will never thank cancer for nothing but I did learn some stuff and as an educator since, well, birth, learning is my favorite thing to do -
So here are some things I wish you knew:
1- Your body is your friend - love yourself, appreciate your body for not failing you, for being strong and carrying you through your days and nights as you work, love and live.
2- Don’t pity me because I got sick - but DO understand how quick the line between health and sickly can be crossed and just remember to always know what you need to be well and that no matter what there isn’t a guarantee you’ll never get sick.
3- Don’t sweat the small stuff - and it's all small! Seriously, I see you all worried about what someone thinks of you or something equally small and inconsequential from my seat in my Chemo chair history and all I can say is that you are wasting your time, wasting your health on something that ultimately doesn’t matter. The only things that matter to me are A) am I helping others? and B) am I a good mom/wife/friend etc?
We all, deep down, crave a meaningful life with relationships and love but what we do is posture around like that doesn’t matter and fret about every little thing (I know I did). And yes it’s in that order because I do believe I was a great mom always though I wasn’t a good wife or friend but that’s ok I learned the hard way how important that is - helping others is really in my opinion the currency of life...
4- Know your worth and don’t squander your time, attention and health on stuff that doesn’t matter in the long run. Find something you enjoy doing no matter how small no matter how silly it seems and do it - try not to worry about bills they will always be there but do try to find something that will fulfill you.
5- Do not stress - stress is the absolute worst thing for your health your body and everything around you - I used to stress and worry about everything then I got stage 3 cancer and now when I should, you know, be worried I realize the futility of worry -
it did nothing to keep me well to get me well or anything and that brings me to my last lesson today...
6 - Don’t ever think “it can’t be me” -- it can be you - risk analysis and or thinking in terms of never are a big way to lead to disaster - I thought it would never be me but I did my screening mammograms anyway - imagine if I didn’t - I would probably be dead.
Every day is a gift live in the moment and know who has your back and always keep them close.
This is what I do in the time between.
One big lesson we learn as cancer patients is to always have a Plan B and to try not to sweat the small stuff. "Small stuff" includes managing our career however, we also like to eat and need to have health insurance and be busy to not think too much about mortality and so on and so forth.
Whether we lose our jobs or take time off or realize our careers are not fulfilling or cause us too much stress to continue, we do need to think about how we can "bounce back" in our careers.
Some ways to bounce back include:
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Lisa Vento Nielsen, MBA, PMP is an author, speaker, cancer survivor and career expert. She lost her job during treatment and founded a nonprofit focused on helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer (and their families) find meaningful work. Cancer takes a toll on your whole life and the lives of those in your family - working is a big part of getting back to "normal" after going through a cancer diagnosis. Survivorship is all that comes after diagnosis and it needed more resources so Lisa and her team created them. Find out more at lisaventonielsen.com.
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