“What if your pain is taking away the pain of someone else in the world?” – Susan Miller
In February 2018, Kelsey met Tracy in Orlando, Florida at the Young Survival Coalition’s National Summit. Within a month of meeting, the two began a friendship rooted in their ambition to ease the suffering of women who have been impacted by reproductive cancers.
Kelsey Smith is a podcast host, coach, and speaker who supports individuals in growing through challenges such as illness, trauma, or adversity. As a young abuse and stage-two cancer survivor who grew up in a single-parent home, Kelsey is no stranger to hardship. Undergoing decades of cognitive therapy, she worked hard to move across the country, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree while working full-time.
By 29, Kelsey had a blossoming career, solid friendships, and a handle on her mental health. She thought she was on her way to living a happy, fulfilling life. While in Phoenix, she climbed up the corporate ladder, working side jobs and obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree. Eight days after landing her dream job, the powers that be had another plan: Kelsey was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. With no family history, no family doctor, and no family nearby, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and 20 weeks of chemotherapy. Her support system was intact, yet Kelsey fell into post-traumatic stress, which had a negative impact on all aspects of her life.
Since diagnosis, Kelsey has lost much: Her breasts, health, family, independence, youth, best friends, and career. Cancer has been a soul-crushing experience for her but has impacted her life positively as well. Working with Clinical Psychologists and Master Coaches Christine Hassler and Katie Lynn, Kelsey has been given a renewed sense of purpose.
She aims to help individuals see the beauty in the breakdown with empathy and understanding. If you would like to learn more, you can visit The CanSurvivor for more information.
Each week, Kelsey discusses the impact of breast cancer on her podcast The CanSurvivor Podcast with Kelsey Smith through one story and one guest at a time. Kelsey believes that exposure of this disease will open the doors to advancement within the breast cancer community while helping individuals persevere through the many challenges they face.