For most of my life I was shy and lacked confidence. All of this changed when my daughter, Lauren, took me skydiving to celebrate my 50th birthday. Our safe landing resulted in having a new confidence that totally changed my way of thinking.
In my early 60’s I was told what no woman ever wants to hear … “You have breast cancer.” I had a bilateral mastectomy with major reconstructive surgery. To prepare both mentally and physically prior to surgery and as part of my recovery, walking became part of my daily routine. Just three months following surgery, I walked 30 miles in the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer A highlight for me was being asked to speak at the Closing Ceremony.
Encouraged by my daughter, I competed in the Aflac Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon to celebrate my one-year anniversary as a cancer survivor. With blood, sweat, tears and a lot of hard work t, at 62, I became an Iron Girl Triathlete. What a great surprise when my daughters ran with me across the finish line.
Blindsided just four weeks later, I was admitted to cardiac intensive care. Although physically I was in the best condition of my life, mentally I had high levels of self-induced mental stress that had spun silently out of control. Trying to be an invincible, do-all/be-all woman, resulted in stress cardiomyopathy.
My mission is to save lives by informing audiences about the value of managing stress.
I empower attendees to make their lives their number one priority. By taking better care of themselves, they improve their quality of life, and also increase their value to their work, their families and themselves. This results in leading a proactive life filled with good health, which can lead to happiness.
I take every opportunity to live my life to the fullest and have enjoyed swimming with dolphins, parasailing and zip lining in Belize.
Who knows what excitement and challenges I’ll try next!
I enjoy my three children and eight grandchildren. I am a veteran professional speaker with prior experience in human resources, professional and administrative positions and a background in Real Estate Relocation and REO Services. I am the author of Pink Lemonade: Mastectomy Tips and Insights from a Breast Cancer Survivor.
From the moment we spoke on the phone I knew (Martha) was the right fit. She had a compelling story to tell, but was able to keep the attendees laughing and engaged.
People are drawn to (Martha) due to her magnetism and zest for helping others improve their performance. Her character is one of integrity and she strives to exceed the status quo.
Martha's high energy and valuable messages made her the perfect speaker for the job. Importantly, she was highly professional in all dealings, preparation and easy to work with.