1. Share Your Story: Onyx Keesha Cancer U 40:23

Onyx Keesha is an award-winning director of film and stage. She is passionate about telling women’s stories. Her art is her activism. After being diagnosed with breast cancer and enduring surgery, 20 weeks of chemo, and 9 weeks of radiation she now has a new perspective on life. One she is ready to share.

  • 02:03: I was able to catch my breast cancer when it came relatively soon.
  • 04:08: My treatment was very aggressive because I had it at such a young age.
  • 06:14: He gave me the push to fight and that’s what I did.
  • 08:07: My doctor said 20 weeks of chemo.
  • 10:44: I traveled when I was on chemo.
  • 12:15: Now we’re onto the hormone therapy for 5 – 10 years.
  • 15:13: I had to do is continue to show up and continue to fight.
  • 17:54: That’s the journey I’m starting right now and talking to a holistic doctor.
  • 19:03: What was your worst moment?
  • 21:25: What was your best moment?
  • 22:39: Did you already have that community before being diagnosed?
  • 25:12: I just think it’s important that as women, we share our stories.
  • 26:05: What is the one thing you wish you’d known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?
  • 29:42: If you could do one thing it’s hard to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 32:30: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions
  • 34:23: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource that 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.