“In 1996, at age 43, I went back to school at Marylhurst University, while working a full-time job. Three months later I was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. It was a really tough time to get such a diagnosis. My kids were young, my career was at its peak, and I finally realized my dream of returning to school to earn my degree in Communications. My doctors gave me a 60% chance to survive past five years. I’m so thankful they were wrong because it took me SEVEN years to graduate.”
In 2000, while working full-time, Becky co-founded Breast Friends, an Oregon based organization dedicated to helping women survive the trauma of cancer. She continued to work full-time and spent her free-time supporting patients and building support for Breast Friends. She began speaking in 2001.
In June of 2005, one year after her second breast cancer diagnosis, she left her job as a sales manager and was finally able to focus full-time on Breast Friends, and her speaking career.
Over the years, Becky has provided support to hundreds of patients through her work at Breast Friends. Through listening to their stories, as well as through her own personal experiences, she has gained the knowledge of the importance we ALL share in assisting those we care about. It’s not only the friends and family who can provide support, but anyone who works with cancer patients. Becky believes it is up to all of us to understand, and perhaps even feel the fear that cancer patients feel, and through her descriptive stories you will learn ways to assist in a productive and helpful manner.
Since 2003, Becky has become known as the Breast Cancer Survival Expert. As a professional, inspirational keynote speaker and author, she has shared her message with thousands of women around the country. She is a frequent speaker at Komen Survivor Celebration luncheons and medical conferences for health care professionals. She is also a sought after speaker for Women’s Conferences, especially in the area of empowerment. Her use of humor and story-telling keeps the audiences engaged and laughing. Through her keynote presentations, she will help your audience discover their passion, uncover their gifts and begin to create the legacy they all deserve.
Becky is now a five-time breast cancer survivor, has been married for nearly 40 years. She and her husband, Bill, have five children and four grandchildren. They reside in Portland, OR with their dog, Swayze.
Becky’s favorite hobby is performing with an 18 piece swing orchestra.