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Terry O’Connell

Director of Marketing Marketscale

Purpose in Pain: Christine Handy’s Journey from Surviving Cancer to Building Community


Thanks to the powerful influence of social media, personal stories are increasingly shaping public discourse and building community. Sharing inspiring experiences is one of the best ways to build strong and healthy communities.

For example, a story of resilience and building community after surviving breast cancer is relevant to so many people. With an estimated 1 in 8 women in the United States expected to develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, the stakes are high. The conversation around this topic is not just about survival, but also about the transformative power of shared experiences and the strength of community.

How can someone find purpose in pain and use personal adversity to build a supportive community?

In this episode of B2B Weekly with Tim Maitland, guest host Terry O’Connell, Director of Marketing at MarketScale, talks with Christine Handy, cancer survivor, model, speaker, and author. The two discuss Christine’s journey from surviving breast cancer to using her experience to build a community of support and resilience.

The main points of conversation from the episode include:

  • Christine’s personal journey from being a model to a cancer survivor and how it shaped her life and career.
  • The transformative power of shared experiences and the role of community in overcoming adversity.
  • The importance of authenticity and courage in personal narratives and how they can inspire others.

Christine Handy is a model, speaker, author, and cancer survivor. She has been modeling since she was eleven and is now in her fifties. After her cancer diagnosis, she became a motivational speaker and has been referred to as the “breast cancer disruptor” and the “beauty disruptor.” She is also a mother of two sons and a social media influencer, and she does a lot of humanitarian work.

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