Hollye Jacobs is a sought after speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist, and the best selling author of The Silver Lining, A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. Published in 2014 by Simon and Schuster, the book quickly reached the New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times Bestseller lists. In October 2014, she launched The Silver Lining Companion Guide, a condensed version of her original book that Allstate Insurance is distributing for free to every person impacted by breast cancer for a full year.
Hollye is a respected expert in the field of women’s health and wellness, and has appeared on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, Dr. Phil, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday (as a feature), and The Doctors, to name a few. She has also been a regular contributor to Huffington Post since 2011.
Hollye was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty-nine. As a mother with no family history of breast cancer, the diagnosis shattered her world. She found herself moving from the side of the hospital bed as a nurse into the bed as a patient. Hollye launched her award winning blog, www.thesilverpen.com soon after her diagnosis, becoming the experienced, trusted friend all women need, holding their hand and providing support and guidance from the time of a diagnosis through treatment, recovery and survivorship. Hollye shares her unique perspective, authentic voice and first hand experience with the disease with everyone impacted by it. Through her robust and engaged social media channels (Over 28K followers on Facebook and 56K on Twitter), she is empowering women with knowledge, allowing them to take control of their health and survivorship by asking the right questions, and doing what’s best for them.
Hollye has extensive experience nationally as a speaker, and is available to speak on a family-centered approach to working with families facing life-threatening illnesses, bioethics, and grief/bereavement, and her personal experience and journey with breast cancer. Her professional knowledge as a health practitioner and her personal experiences as a cancer patient and survivor present a powerful wisdom package.
Hollye received her MS in Child Development from the Erikson Institute as well as her BSN and MSW from Loyola University Chicago. She completed training in the Educating Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC) program, the Palliative Care Program at Harvard University Medical School and a post-doctoral fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.
Hollye currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dream Foundation, the first and largest national non-profit focused on fulfilling the dreams of adults facing life-limiting illness as well as the Friends Committee of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In Addition to Writing
The Silver Pen, Hollye also contributes to The Huffington Post, BreastCancer.org, Susan G. Komen, and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Army of Women Blog.
Sample Speaking Topics
- Healthcare Communication: Inspiration and Stories from a Patient and a Nurse.
- Finding Resilience through Silver Linings
- How to talk with children about a cancer diagnosis in the family.
- How to help a loved one diagnosed with cancer.
- Ethical and Legal issues in health care.
- Navigating the health care system: from the time of diagnosis throughout the trajectory of care.
- Introduction to hospice and palliative care.
- Introduction to pediatric hospice and palliative care.
- Grief and bereavement after the death of a parent.
- Grief and bereavement after the death of a child.
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