S01 E03 – Glenda Standeven – How to smile when its very tough Part 1
It is very hard to have a positive life when things are terrible! How do you navigate through challenges of life that you have no control over! The next guest is an incredible Master at smiling and working through challenges the best way.
Glenda Standeven, a hemi-pelvectomy amputee and award winning inspirational speaker, is the author of ‘What Men Won’t Talk About and Women Need to Know – A Woman’s Perspective on Prostate Cancer’ as well as her most recent autobiography, ‘I Am Choosing To Smile – The Inspirational Life Story of a Bone Cancer Survivor’ which chronicles her life adventures before, during, and long after her cancer journey.
Her mission is to share her ‘choosing to smile’ message with everyone she meets and today she will share some of the life lessons she has learned through adversity and the importance of maintaining a positive attitude.
Glenda and her husband Rick have been happily married since July, 1982, and live in Chilliwack, BC. Five years into their marriage, at the age of 32, Glenda lost her entire right leg to bone cancer – just three and a half years after giving birth to their first son, Kevin. Two years after her amputation she was thrilled to find she was pregnant again and, in November, 1990, despite her disability, she gave birth to their second son, Andrew, in a remarkable documented delivery.
After being diagnosed with cancer in 1987, and losing her entire right leg (including her hip and pelvis) to the disease in 1988, Glenda felt it important to give encouragement and hope to others facing adversity. In 1990, before the birth of their second son, Glenda won two silver medals in the BC Winter Games in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events. Glenda was Chilliwack’s Woman of the Year in 2003, received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2005, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, for her exemplary volunteer efforts in her community. She has volunteered in many capacities for the Canadian Cancer Society over the past two and a half decades and facilitated a Living With Cancer Support Group for 11 years. Glenda is also a member of The Rotary Club of Chilliwack and received their Paul Harris Fellow Award in 2003 prior to joining the club; she is a lifetime member of the Optimist Club of Chilliwack; a Terry’s Team Member for the Terry Fox Foundation; and is an active member of both the Valley Women and E Women Networks. She has also spoken at many non-profit organizations to help them raise funds for their causes.
She presents a unique ‘Smoking Awareness Program for Teens’ to middle schools students and is much in demand as an inspirational speaker who promotes the ‘Choosing to Smile’ philosophy wherever she goes (www.glendastandeven.com). Glenda enjoys sharing her moving and often hilarious life stories with audiences of all ages and has turned her husband’s prostate cancer journey into an engaging and informative presentation for both men and women.
Glenda also presents a one hour POPP (Power of Positive People) in the Workplace workshop which focuses on teambuilding and the importance of maintaining a positive attitude in a work environment.
Her latest books are currently available through speaking engagements, Amazon.com and ebooks or through the ‘bookstore’ link on her webpage.
For more information or to book Glenda for an event contact her at email@example.com or telephone 604-792-6638 or text 604-997-5787. Visit her website at www. glendastandeven.com
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