Becky Olson '03, Marylhurst UniversityBecky Olson ’03, communication alum, talked with Rise Up For You about how to redefine one’s life purpose in July 2016.

Becky Olson, a three-time cancer survivor and founder of Breast Friends, shared her personal and professional insight. Her goal is to ensure we are all walking through life doing what we love to do. Highlights of Becky’s talk include:

  • Step 1: Find and discover your legacy
  • Step 2: Make a list of all of the things you’re gifted at, your given talent and skill
  • Step 3: What is your cause and passion?
  • Step 4: Combine step 2 and 3
  • It’s not the big things we do, but small acts of kindness!

In 1996, at age 43, Becky Olson went back to school while working a full-time job, to get her college degree. Three months later she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. She was given a 60 percent chance to survive past five years. She always jokes that she is thankful her doctors were wrong because it took her seven years to graduate. She graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Communication from Marylhurst University. In 2004, one year after graduation, she was diagnosed again. In 2009, she was diagnosed again. This time it was labeled as consistent with metastatic disease. In 2000, Becky co-founded Breast Friends, an Oregon-based organization dedicated to helping women survive the trauma of cancer. She is also author of The Hat that Saved My Life.

Rise Up For You is a for-purpose business dedicated to empowering women to live their best life. Their mission is to empower women through various media and live platforms that provide education, motivation and practical tools for application in both the professional and personal areas.

LISTEN to Becky Olson’s inspirational talk here: