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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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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".
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