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Living With…Episode 017 Terri Wingham, Breast Cancer Survivor

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A Fresh Chapter

Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!

My Guest today makes it very clear that she is not defined by her cancer. She is a traveler, writer, photographer, audacious dreamer, and explorer, with a passion for seeing new places.

In October 2009, she underwent a lumpectomy, lymph node dissection, four rounds of chemotherapy, and a bilateral mastectomy. She was experiencing feelings of isolation, depression, survivor guilt, and anger.

In January of 2011, facing an upcoming final reconstruction surgery, she was searching for inspiration and decided to quit her six-figure job and set off in the Spring of 2011 on a six-week volunteer program to Cape Town with Cross-Cultural Solutions. She says her experience working with children at an underfunded daycare changed her forever.

After her time in Africa, she returned to Vancouver, packed up her belongings, and started a trip around North America to talk about what she calls her “Big Hairy Audacious Dream” to create a foundation to help other people expand their stories beyond cancer.

Then, she set off on an Adventure of Hope, a six-month, five-continent trip that laid the groundwork for her Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation.

In February of 2013, she took 12 participants and a documentary film maker to India to analyze their model for volunteering as a healing mechanism.

In 2015, she plans to expand the North American program to major cities across the United States as well as return to India and pilot their first program in Africa.

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