A Model, Author, and Breast Cancer Survivor Who Learned to Ask for Help: Christine Handy

A Model, Author, and Breast Cancer Survivor Who Learned to Ask for Help: Christine Handy


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My guest for Episode #89 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Christine Handy, a motivational speaker, author, and breast cancer survivor.

In 2016, Christine released her first book Walk Beside Me, a fictional depiction of her illness and a long road to recovery. After her diagnosis, Christine now aims to serve as a spokesperson, speaker, and Ambassador for cancer-related causes.

An accomplished model, Christine began her career at the age of 11 in her hometown of St. Louis. Throughout her career, she has done campaigns for notable brands like Guess, J. Crew, JC Penney, Bud Light, Pepsi, Petco, and Target.

In today's episode, Christine shares her “favorite mistake” story about “quitting” on herself and being afraid to ask for help while battling cancer. How did she manage to put aside pride and to learn to ask for help?

Other topics and questions:

  • What led to not wanting the help anymore?
  • What turned you around?
  • We believe we’re helping others by not asking for help
  • Tell us about the book — Walk Beside Me — Why a fictionalization?
  • Who would you want to play you in the movie that's being made? Jamie King
  • Why does self-esteem need to be worked on every day?
  • Why do you have to question authority?
  • Find her on

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Christine Handy - "I think we believe that we're helping other people by not asking for help."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.