Living Forward: Joyce O'Brien On Life After Recovery From Stage IV Breast Cancer

Former Wall Street executive Joyce O'Brien is not one to simply accept the hand she's been dealt. Following a grim cancer diagnosis at 33 — soon after the birth of her daughter — she overhauled her lifestyle in dramatic fashion, cleansing and detoxing while also receiving conventional radiation treatments and ultimately making a miraculous recovery.

But cancer was just one of the life-altering events that Joyce faced with a remarkable optimism that propelled her to turn her luck around. Now 47 and cancer-free, Joyce has left her Wall Street career behind to become an author and speaker, inspiring others to live a healthy life even in the face of adversity.

"If someone's been diagnosed with cancer, the first thing that I'll say to them is that there is hope," Joyce says. "We truly can create miracles. I'm one of them."

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