Mary Olsen Kelly
Breast Cancer Survivors get a special dose of Chicken Soup for their Soul
Interview Mary Olsen Kelly for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
HONOLULU- Since fighting breast cancer, Mary Olsen Kelly lives with a “Do it now!” attitude. The estimated 2.3 million women across the United States who have who dealt with or are dealing with breast cancer will find hope and a portable support group to sustain and comfort them in these times of need.
That ‘Do it now!’ attitude inspired Kelly to develop and co-create Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul:
Stories to Inspire, Support and Heal. In the familiar spirit of the Chicken Soup series, Kelly captures the uplifting and often emotional breast cancer stories from survivors around the world, women and one man, and their families.
Kelly can discuss:
Her own breast cancer survival story and her advice for others
How this important project came about and how it relates to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Favorite stories from the book that will touch your audience
Kelly says, “Put nothing off for the future, do all the things you want to do now. We never know how long we have to live, so dream BIG and have a fantastic life filled with love, creativity, passion, and joy.”
Mary Olsen Kelly is a breast cancer survivor, writer and business owner. Olsen is proactive in her work on behalf of breast cancer and is Director of the Breast Wishes Institute, a non-profit charitable institute www.BreastWishes.org
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Here are some of the moving excerpts available for this timely topic:
“Some people are heroes to me: I met them at the local cancer center while going through treatments for breast cancer. I entered with an open mind and didn’t know what to expect. What I discovered were people who constantly amazed me. In a room filled with all these troubles, I met my heroes. Each day I found new friends who loved life and loved to laugh… people whose diseases took much, but never broke their spirit or took the laughter from their lives. These are my heroes—ordinary, extraordinary beings who live life and are grateful for ever new day, who have the compassion to care for their families and each other while battling cancer. My prayer is that their remissions are permanent and their lives are long and joyous.”-My Heroes, p.56 by Maria McNaught, from the soon to be released title Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul (Health Communications Inc., Oct. 2006)
“Amazingly, life was teaching me through this journey of breast cancer that I was a while woman with the young beautiful breasts I used to have, as well as with the complete removal of one breast and another significantly reduced. I have learned that the more whole I feel about myself, the more whole I feel about my life and my marriage. Without my real breasts, I now feel more whole as a woman than before. I never expected that the journey, which started with the words ‘for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health’, would eventually lead me to experience richer values, in spite of my health.”—For Richer or Poorer, p. 90 by Beverly Vote, from the soon to be released title Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul (Health Communications Inc., Oct. 2006)
“Since my friend Pat died in 2000, there has not been one day that I have not thought about her. To hear me say that, you’d think that she and I were really good friends… best friends. But the truth is that Pat has played a bigger part in my life since she died than she ever did when she was alive. Pat and I were heart friends. We had a connection that came from the soul, a place where no one is self conscious, no one is afraid to look foolish. It is a place where you can use words or music or art or movement or touch to show how you feel. Every day since she died, I hear Pat’s voice saying to me, ‘Remember to play.’ And I play and I play.—You’ve got to play if you want to win, p.150 by Lori Misicka, from the soon to be released title Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul (Health Communications Inc., Oct. 2006)
“No one chooses to have cancer. It leaves a cloud hovering over one’s life because the outcome is never certain. But then… what is? When Catherine was bed-ridden after each of the surgeries, I lovingly took care of her. Spending more time at home, I had the opportunity to look around and appreciate the pleasures and treasures that are mine: our faithful dog, the richly stocked library, the lovely kitchen, the bed of recovery, the couch of conviviality, the garden of dynamic life, and—most important—my healing wife. Being her is what I choose.— The Bus Ride, p.160 by John de Strakosch, from the soon to be released title Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul (Health Communications Inc., Oct. 2006)