She is a member of the National Cancer Survivors Day Speakers Bureau,,an organization that provides listings of cancer survivor speakers to over 3,500 groups and institutes throughout the United States, and she is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Speaker's Association. Connie is the author of Trading Ashes for Roses and contributing author to 46 books, including the acclaimed Chicken Soup for the Soul Series.
Audiences describe Connie as vibrant, humorous, and authentic. "She is an animated storyteller...moving you from laughter one moment and tears the next."
Connie delivers a message of hope and courage. She is a presenter for therapeutic writing workshops, including the Weekend of Hope in Stowe, Vermont where she first found her passion for writing. Her topics are diverse, but all draw the listener to deeper levels of understanding and passion. With 20 years' experience in health information management and her expertise as a CLASS Certified Personality Trainer (CPT), Connie shares with healthcare professionals, cancer survivors, and caregivers the importance of understanding the emotional aspects of cancer. Connie used humor to get through the painful side effects of treatment and found that "laughter is the best medicine." Connie balances all her presentations with knowledge, humor, and sparkling anecdotes to make her presentations memorable and informative.
Connie is available to speak at conferences and seminars, healthcare and oncology groups, fundraising events, college and university campuses, church groups, and writing conferences.
Connie's story of "Making a Difference" was recently featured in Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. The story of Connie's incredible cancer journey titled, "Living Passionately" is featured in COPING magazine and her most recent article “Ten Ways to Support Someone with Cancer" is found in the July/August issue of Coping Magazine. Read more about Connie's story of survival in "Ever Seen Style" magazine's featured article titled "Heart Strings.”
If you would like more information on booking Connie for your next event, please refer to the contact page on this website. If you know someone going through the cancer journey and you don't know what to say or how to help, order Connie's book Trading Ashes for Roses: From Pain to Passion for helpful insights on walking a loved one through the cancer journey. The Kindle version is now available as well.
When not speaking or writing, Connie and her husband enjoy traveling. Right now they live in Cuenca, Ecuador where Connie writes for several travel magazines, including International Living and Mark, her husband of 40 years, teaches English as a second language. They make frequent trips back to the States to see their two grown sons in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania.