My five keys to surviving and thriving while battling not only cancer, but the debilitating side effects of treatment. (Cancer Fighting Toolkit)
When the score is 90-10, my “no regrets” approach to facing down a difficult situation by fully committing to it will yield the best possible outcome. (Focus/Commitment)
Examples of how my lifetime of challenging conventional authority can empower you to conquer fear that may stand in the way of achieving your personal goals. (Overcoming Fear/Resistance)
I’ve recited the same prayer every night since my diagnosis. Why? How faith-fueled consistency can help you remain steadfast in your battle. (Faith)
Appearances can be deceiving; coping mechanisms for the mental and physical effects of hidden disabilities left from chronic illnesses and struggles (Survivorship/Mental Health)
I am happy to tailor a message to your special event or circumstance. I draw on my wealth of collective personal experience to inspire with authenticity and levity in each personalized speech I develop.
Member, National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) Speakers Bureau
Life is not always fair. Stacy Hurt has been dealt with more adversity that any one person should face. BUT it’s how she has faced it that makes her such an inspiration! She not only has taken on cancer, she allows people who have similar problems to watch her battles up close. She talks about them. She talks about how she deals. She’s strong. She’s fighting and she’s winning. She gives others hope they can do the same. Stacy Hurt is a winner and can make you one too by just listening to her story.
Stacy Hurt is a true warrior and overcomer, and that was very evident in her words and stage presence. She was very engaging and colorful with her words and it definitely kept the audience focused on her. Stacy is doing an amazing job raising awareness of colon cancer and ultimately saving lives!
It’s unbelievable how positive this woman stays, despite her struggles. She is a great example of looking at life in a positive way, no matter what is thrown at you, and be an inspiration to so, so many. Stacy uses her sense of humor to put people at ease when talking about a difficult subject. I emcee many events… She beats me hands down! She is amazing, inside and out!
Stacy brings a special blend of humor, poise and the ability to build rapport with her audience to every engagement. She speaks with passion, and shares her story in a genuine, compelling way that brought our audience to its feet. After our event, members of our group lined up to speak personally with Stacy, and she was just as engaging one-on-one as she was with the microphone in her hand.
Healing Journey is an inspiring celebration of life and victory over cancer. This is a free event that brings people together to talk, share, laugh, and learn about beating this disease. It's all about fun, not fear.
Using a memorable story from her high school days as a basketball player, Stacy illustrated the importance of "giving it all you've got," even when the score is "90-10," to propel you to accomplish goals and dreams that you never thought possible. Her usual mix of humor and raw emotion brought the crowd to their feet in a show of appreciation.
Stacy shared not only how The Watson Institute has helped her severely disabled son, Emmett, make remarkable progress but also how the staff has supported her and her family during her ongoing 2 year battle with Stage IV colon cancer. One audience member tearfully remarked to Stacy after her heartfelt speech that "...never in 30 years in teaching has he been so proud to be an educator."
Serving at this year's Ambassador of Hope, Stacy shared an afternoon of shopping, sweet treats, inspiration, and strength with the Chris4Life Foundation, who works in partnership with UPMC. The organization, recently merged with The Colon Cancer Alliance, is named after Pittsburgh native Christine Sapienza who lost her battle with the disease in 2009. Cookies4Chris has landed at the forefront of fast growing fundraisers in the fight against colon cancer.
Matching the energy, enthusiasm, and high standards of society's multitasking women, Breathing Room provides an opportunity for guests to discover new way to improve self-care through proactive wellness strategies. Having incorporated the mind and body techniques of Integrative Oncology into her cancer treatment, to help offset side effects and enhance healing, Stacy was honored to share the story of her journey to attendees.
To celebrate Dress in Blue Day and support the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, the members of the St. Clair Fitness community dawned their best blue workout gear for a morning of group fitness classes followed by brunch and coffee with Stacy!
The Integrative Oncology Wellness Fair provides the opportunity for patients, caregivers, and staff to connect with wellness providers from the Pittsburgh region. Providers are available to offer demonstrations and answer specific questions. Having a profound and positive impact when starting her treatment plan last year, Stacy was on site at this year's event to answer any questions about the Integrative services she's received.
The two-minute segment featuring Stacy along with UPMC hematologist and medical oncologist, Dr. Lanie Francis, originally aired on WPXI. It covers how Integrative Oncology (yoga, acupuncture, meditation, essential oils, reiki, oncology massage and healthy eating) has helped complement treatment, enhance quality of life and combat side effects during Stacy’s yearlong battle with cancer.
In this session, attendees learned how to acknowledge various fears and classify them either into fears to overcome or fears to accept. Stacy also discussed how developing an "action plan" is the best way to face a fear, and to embrace the decision to move past it into the reality of "what is". The last component of the presentation was collaborating on how to use past fears to truly empower us to build a "life template" for dealing with future challenges which may create fear.