1. Share Your Story: Christine Handy Cancer U 37:22

Christine Handy is a model, author of the book Walk Beside Me, humanitarian, mother, mentor, and motivational speaker. Christine’s best-selling novel is in production to be a film.

  • 01:09: Where did it all start?  
  • 03:14: I had 10 to 15 casts over the course of seven months. 
  • 05:45: What made you trust that doctor?  
  • 07:12: What was the treatment plan? 
  • 09:05: What did you do in terms of reconstruction?  
  • 11:59: After I was in the hospital for five days, I went home with a nurse for two weeks. 
  • 14:06: I’ve been a model for 40 years. 
  • 16:10: My mom was always healthy.  
  • 18:33: Don’t ever choose a doctor based on where they went to school.  
  • 20:31: My arm still looks like my thigh bone.  
  • 22:10: I started to lose massive weight. 
  • 24:17: He had told me that he had misdiagnosed me.  
  • 26:23: Do you trust yourself and your intuition more now? 
  • 28:49: What was your worst moment?  
  • 30:17: What was your best moment?  
  • 31:13: What is one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning?  
  • 32:24: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the U.S., what would it be and why? 
  • 33:45: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  
  • 34:34: Aside from Cancer U, what’s one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?


Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. For over ten years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards. Her new book, a medical memoir titled Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon in multiple categories.