Inspiring Breast Cancer Survivor Speaker
Kim Becking is a nationally recognized and sought after author, motivational speaker and life coach. She is a “recovering” attorney, a successful business owner, a community activist, a patient advocate, a published author and speaker and more importantly a “survivor” who provides messages of hope, inspiration and humor and encourages people to find their voice and use life’s stumbling blocks to rebuild their own lives. Kim believes life’s inevitable challenges are an opportunity to pause and reinvent ourselves – not only surviving, but thriving.
In 2002, at the age of 30, while planning her son’s second birthday, Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought it and with her friends and co-authors, wrote a book, Nordie’s at Noon, about the experience. Thirteen years later, she is now cancer free. Kim is now on a mission to empower others to be proactive with their health, their life and their future.
She is a nationally recognized patient advocate and cancer survivor and has been honored by SELF and Lifetime Television for her tireless commitment to breast cancer awareness. Kim’s book, Nordie’s at Noon- the Personal Stories of Four Women “Too Young” for Breast Cancer, has received national acclaim and been featured in publications such as People, SELF, and The New York Times. She is the recipient of the Natalie Davis Spingarn Writer’s Award by the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, the Shining Star of Perseverance by the Will Return Council, and the “You Make a Difference Award” from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Greater Kansas City Affiliate, among others.
Kim is past President of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Greater Kansas City Affiliate and has served on Komen’s National Public Policy Advisory Council. In addition, she has volunteered for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Young Survival Coalition.
Kim “gets” challenge. She understands the need to reframe and reclaim herself when life tosses her a curve ball. Her challenges have been faced by many of us. Fortunately, as an author and speaker, Kim has a passion to tell her story and share the tools she used to not only survive, but thrive. It’s a story she can tell through many chapters: her battle with cancer, the demands of owning her own business, patient advocacy, the balance of being a working mother, the unexpected challenges of marriage, family and divorce, having a second chance at love, remarrying a widower with two small children, and adjusting to a fabulous new life in a blended household as Kim Becking – mom of three, party of five.
Kim graduated with honors from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Kim currently resides in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband, Jason, and her three children, Brandon (15), Adelaide (12) and Jack (9). She continues to make every day count – looking forward and living life.
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Surviving and Thriving With Hope: I Still Buy Green Bananas
During Kim’s breast cancer treatment, she went to the store one day and bought a bunch of green bananas. To her, they signified hope – hope that she would be here when they ripened. We all need hope – something to look forward to, something that drives us in our lives, even on those days when we think we can’t get out of bed. And the truth is, we all have those days and those moments in our lives. Kim has had her fair share: her high school guidance counselor labeling her and telling her she wasn’t college material; her diagnosis with breast cancer at the age of 30 while planning her son’s 2nd birthday; losing two young friends and an aunt to the same disease; and facing a divorce which left her alone for the first time in her life. After hearing Kim’s story, audiences will want to rush to the grocery store and buy those green bananas to find that hope in their own lives, even in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, a divorce, job loss or other challenges in life. *This is a favorite amongst cancer thrivers.
The Recipe for a Great Life: Not only Surviving but Thriving
Kim shares her recipe for survivorship, which has allowed her to not only survive, but thrive in life – even in the midst of uncertainty, change and challenges. It’s a recipe that required thousands of tries before she got the right mix of ingredients and one that she created after many different combinations of life’s lessons: her battle with cancer while raising a two-year-old, the demands of owning her own business, losing friends and family, the balance of being a working mother, the unexpected challenges of marriage, family and divorce, facing life as a single mom, having a second chance at love, remarrying a widower with two small children, and adjusting to a fabulous new life in a blended household as Kim Becking – mom of three, party of five. No matter the challenge, Kim continues to reinvent herself, adjusting and adapting her recipe for a great life as life’s challenges require. Kim’s challenges have been faced by many of us, and this presentation is one that will leave audiences at ease while inspiring them to create their own?recipe for a great life – not simply surviving, but thriving.
Eat Dessert First: Make TODAY Count
After facing breast cancer and losing two friends and an aunt to the same disease, facing a divorce, and dealing with other challenges in life, Kim has realized that we must live in the moment. To Kim and to her sweet tooth and unquestionable love of chocolate, that means eating dessert first any chance she gets. Kim shares lessons on why we need to focus on what matters, let go of the rest, laugh, love and yes, eat dessert first. Audiences will leave having a burning desire to eat dessert first, enjoy more sunsets, laugh more and do what brings them joy in life – making each day count.
Learning to Resign as General Manager of the Universe: Finding Balance in a World of Chaos
For many of us, life is anything but balanced. It’s more like a colossal collision between the thousands of things pulling at our time – the demands of work, home and everything in between – not to mention arms and legs if you have kids. In this interactive session, Kim shares her own lessons learned about balancing the chaos of life through the demands of being a wife, mom, friend, cancer survivor, passionate volunteer and entrepreneur as well as the dozens of other hats she wears. Audiences learn the five key steps to “resigning as general manager of the universe” and leave with a renewed sense of empowerment to take back their own life, one in which they are thriving rather than simply surviving.
When Momma Ain’t Healthy, Ain’t Nobody Healthy: Taking Control of Your Health and Your Life
You’ve heard the saying: “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Well, “if momma ain’t healthy, ain’t nobody healthy.” Kim shares her experiences on how to make time for yourself, reduce stress, be your own health care advocate and ultimately take control of your health and your life – even when facing obstacles and challenges in life. After catching her breast cancer early because of breast self-exam, Kim is living proof that taking care of yourself can save your own life. Audiences will leave with practical tips on how to find balance and ensure that they are taking care of themselves in order to create a healthy and fabulous life.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES AND DEALING WITH CHANGE
The Rollercoaster Ride of Life: Learning to Throw Your Hands Up, Scream and Find the Joy
A rollercoaster is defined as anything characterized by abrupt and extreme changes; also known as life. Kim shares her honest, raw, inspiring and humorous ride on the rollercoaster of life. Through the ups and downs of cancer, divorce, job transitions and other dips, she learned to throw her hands up, scream and, in the end, find the joy on the ride of her life, even though at times she would have rather been on the ferris wheel. Kim provides audiences with the tools she used to successfully navigate change and find the joy in a world of uncertainty.
Putting On Your Big Girl Panties When Life Knocks You Down
At times, life knocks you down flat on your face. It’s at that moment that you have a choice on whether you lay there and cry or whether you put on your big girl panties and get back up with a smile on your face. Kim’s had her share of being knocked down in life. Her challenges have been faced by many of us. It’s a story of resiliency that Kim can tell through many chapters: her battle with breast cancer, losing two friends and an aunt to the same disease, the demands of owning her own business, the balance of being a working mother, the unexpected challenges of marriage, family and divorce, having a second chance at love, remarrying a widower with two small children, and adjusting to a fabulous new life in a blended household as Kim Becking – mom of three, party of five. No matter the challenge, Kim continues to reinvent herself, facing her fear and failures head on. Audiences will be inspired by this story about finding a way to face your fears with courage and hope, accept change, and put on your big girl panties with a smile on your face when life knocks you down.
Rising Above the Hard: How to Face Your Fears and Write Your Own Story
Unexpected changes are a part of life. They can bring us to our knees. But they can also make us stronger than we ever thought possible. Growth rarely comes without pain. But the unexpected can bring us great gifts that move us toward deeper clarity, wisdom and self awareness if we allow it. Kim provides audiences with the tools she used to successfully navigate change, guiding them through a process to face their fears with hope and to bravely write their most awesome life chapters yet.
Finding Your O
When Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer, she chose to find her “O” – that optimism she knew she had inside. The reality is that we will all have bumps in the road throughout our life. We can react one of two ways – feel sorry for ourselves, spend all our energy asking why and being angry, and never truly be happy, OR take control of how we react, realize that obstacles are a part of life, find our O, and be happy anyway. Kim has continued to find her O, through her cancer, through divorce and through other challenges in life. Kim challenges her audience to realize they have a choice when facing obstacles and change in life – to find their O – that optimism that allows them to truly live a joyful and full life.
CANCER AND HEALTH-RELATED TOPICS (*Note: Also see Motivational/Inspirational Category)
We All Have Our Scars: Perspectives from a Breast Cancer Survivor: Just Be YOU tiful
In life, we all have our scars – whether they are physical or emotional – and we must learn to accept them and find that inner spirit we all possess in order to live a joyful life. Kim shares her own perspective about her scars in a courageous and funny way – her journey with her physical scars from her breast cancer diagnosis, but also the emotional scars of her divorce, dating and ultimately finding love again – all while learning to accept herself, scars and all. Audiences leave this presentation feeling empowered to face their own challenges and obstacles in life and ultimately accept and learn from their own scars in life – whatever form they take.
Nordie’s at Noon: The Power of Hope, Friendship and Retail Therapy
Kim shares the experiences of herself and her three friends, co-authors of Nordie’s at Noon. This is a story of four young professional women diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30 or younger. Once a month, they met at Cafe Nordstrom for lunch. It was their special place to laugh, cry and celebrate the journey of life after a cancer diagnosis. It’s a story of friendship, humor, strength, inspiration and education, sprinkled with a little retail therapy. After sharing these inspirational lessons on life, Kim will leave audiences filled with laughter, hope and a desire to make every day count. Her message speaks to anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, supported someone with cancer, or faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
A New Sense of Normal
After a cancer diagnosis, life as Kim knew it changed forever. When Kim completed her cancer treatment, she found the finish confusing. What exactly do you do when you’re sent home supposedly “cancer free?” Kim couldn’t resume her normal life. She wasn’t the same person she was before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The “ding” that pronounced her cancer-free didn’t come with a “how to return your life to normal” book. Instead, she had to find a new sense of normal. Audiences will leave feeling inspired to find their own new normal after a cancer diagnosis.
From Patient and Caregiver to Advocate
Facing a health care crisis can be a challenge, often times leaving patients and caregivers overwhelmed and not sure where to turn. Kim shares her experience as a breast cancer patient, and those of friends and family, who have been in “the system” as patients and caregivers. Kim shares practical advice – encouraging her audience to become their own advocates as it relates to their health.
In the area of health and wellness, there are many ways to become an advocate. Advocate for yourself. Advocate for a family member or friend. Advocate for other patients who may not be able to speak for themselves. Kim believes that her own patient advocacy allowed her to get the best care possible. Breast cancer taught Kim the importance of asking the hard questions, the importance of taking action and the importance of being proactive.
She leaves her audiences empowered to do their homework and arm themselves with information, to build their medical team, to establish strong communication, to ask the hard questions, to not be afraid to get second opinions and to not only find their voice, but make it heard. Kim leaves you inspired to take control of your own health and your own life.
No Doctor, I Don’t Understand Your Alphabet Soup
*This program is designed for medical health care professionals.
Kim shares her experiences from the patient’s perspective after hearing those four words: “You have breast cancer.” Often times, doctors, with their medical jargon and their assumptions about a patient’s understanding of their own diagnosis, leave patients feeling more confused, scared and overwhelmed than before they were diagnosed. This program was specifically designed to provide health care providers with stories from real patients and suggestions on how to talk to patients, and also to allow those attending to improve their interactions with their patients.
The #1 Key to Excelling as A Leader: Resigning at General Manager of the Universe
For many of us, life is anything but balanced. It’s more like a colossal collision between the thousands of things pulling at our time – the demands of work, home and everything in between – not to mention arms and legs if you have kids. Our time and our energy are valuable resources and as leaders, we must learn to be strategic in how we spend our time. For women leaders, learning to say no so that we may have time for the right yes’s that may come along, is a hard lesson. In this interactive session, Kim shares her own powerful lessons about how to resign as general manager of the universe and balance the chaos of life. Audiences learn the five key steps to “resigning as general manager of the universe” and leave with a renewed sense of empowerment so that they can truly excel as a leader.
BRAVE ONES: Rising Above Their Fear and Leading with Courage
Leaders are the brave ones facing their fears with courage and grace. Kim shares her own experiences as an entrepreneur and leader. The lessons she has learned through owning and operating her own business for over fifteen years, being a leader in her community, as well as facing the other unexpected obstacles in her life, including cancer and divorce, will inspire leaders to be the best they can be. She will leave audiences with practical advice and share ten key strategies that they can use to rise above their own fears and lead with courage.