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. Her best-selling and award-winning book, Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, is a medical memoir about raising and losing her sister to liver cancer.

Top 3 Takeaways

  1. During challenging times, it’s all the more important to remember your why—your North Star—to keep you focused and moving forward.
  2. When you have to deliver bad news, be human about it—be truthful and direct but also empathetic.
  3. When you struggle to find strength within, draw it from those around you—you’ll have the chance to return the favor by giving back after you’ve had time and space to heal.

From the Source

“Coming to live with me was probably the best thing that could've happened to me at that time. Because even though I didn't want better for myself, I wanted better for [Adrienne]. And by being able to focus on her, I was able to get through all of those challenges.”

“I can remember a time where I was working four jobs and all part-time, but it was a way that I could be on her schedule and be there for her, but they were four completely different jobs. So I was traveling all over Los Angeles. It felt like I was every single day. Um, but you know, she was my. In many ways. Adrienne was my North Star.“

“You will have to give bad news, so there is a way to give bad news and be kind, but also don't sugar coat it, don't just gloss over it.”

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