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Tracy Maxwell        

Founder of Solo Survivors, Cancer Survivor, Author & Speaker

Prior to founding HazingPrevention.Org, Tracy Maxwell was the executive director of CAMPUSPEAK, the nation’s premier agency for educational speakers and programs of interest to college students. Maxwell is a survivor. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, she underwent surgery, chemo, and other mainstream treatments and had a clean bill of health for 4 years before doctors discovered new masses. Through, now, four recurrences, she has turned to other ways to deal with cancer, including diet, emotional well-being, spiritual growth, and alternative therapies.

She started writing her blog, “A Single Cell,” to mark her one year the anniversary of her diagnosis and published a book based on her blog, "Being Single, With Cancer: A Solo Survivor’s Guide to Life, Love, Health & Happiness". Maxwell also founded Solo Survivors, which provides support for single cancer survivors by making connections, providing coaching, leading retreats, workshops and adventures.

Maxwell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She served in a consulting role as Greek solutions coordinator for the National Interfraternity and Panhellenic Conferences, then as coordinator of Greek Life and community service at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater before joining CAMPUSPEAK.

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I May Have Cancer, but Cancer Doesn’t Have Me

As a four-time cancer survivor, Tracy has experienced the ups and downs of dealing with a serious illness, and surprising even to herself, she now sees cancer as an incredible blessing. She often tells people if she could go back in time and not experience cancer, she wouldn’t choose that. The reason why is the incredible transformational power of dealing with a serious health issue or other trauma in our lives. To be powerful in the face of the circumstances of our life is extraordinary. Each difficulty gives us an opportunity to heal something within that allows us to move to a new level of effectiveness and happiness.

#LML (Love My Life): How our view of the world changes EVERYTHING

Tracy believes how we view the world literally creates our experience in it. Our perception is the only thing that distinguishes our experience of life from that of everyone else, and it is completely unique to us. Even in the same place, at the same time, no two people experience life in the same way. The way you see your life and the world around you determines your happiness, peace of mind, success and the quality of your relationships. This program will help you learn to love your life more, experience less stress and overwhelm and open up to better relationships, more meaningful work and a profound sense of purpose.

A Conversation About Hazing

As the Founder of a hazing prevention non-profit, Tracy believed that with good information, students would make good decisions. We hear about hazing in the media usually when someone gets injured or killed, but what we rarely know is how many are psychologically damaged from their experience. The shame these victims feel often keeps them silent about their deep, and often lasting, wounds. Tracy shares their stories, and provides students with the tools to make a different choice, to affirm rather than humiliate the newest members of their organizations.

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