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Anneke Adams is a six-time cancer survivor and an inspiring Belgian/American author, motivational speaker, and health coach with a vision. After battling cancer for twenty years, she decided to dedicate her life to the service of brave men and women battling cancer, their caretakers, and family. Her diagnose in 2019 led Anneke to found “How to Cancer 101,” a non-profit that raises funds through live storytelling performances, publishes a book, conducts support groups for patients, survivors, and caretakers. During her many battles of cancer, rape, and loss of a loved one, she never lost her positive attitude and smile. She has inspired so many people with her story, motivational posts and has touched many hearts.
The Story Behind How to Cancer 101 Anneke GJ Adams, a Belgian-American woman, and the author of a book written for cancer awareness along with a foundation dedicated to the welfare of cancer survivors and caregivers. Both her book and her foundation are titled How to Cancer 101. She can proudly tell you that her book has just been completed and it is ready for publication, while her foundation is also getting stronger with her as she recovers each day from the most painful experience of her life. When she was diagnosed with cancer for the 6th time, as oddly as it may sound, she felt suddenly that she had finally found her calling. Anneke realized that the purpose of her calling or this spiritual awakening if you will, was to help, support and guide cancer patients, sexual assault victims, and people who have lost their loved ones and their families. Being a six times cancer survivor is not easy all, but she is proud that she was able to overcome all the physical and emotional pain, and she came back stronger and more determined with a purpose in life and an awakening of a lifetime.
Anneke wants to be remembered as a fighter, a warrior, an inspiration to many, a motivation, and she wants to be the hope in your soul to keep fighting and to not allow anyone else to determine your own life expanse but yourself and God. As a child growing up in Western Europe, she grew accustomed to eating the natural, non-preservative types of food that were only grass-fed, grown, and raised in Europe as a normality. A place where your bread must be thrown out after three to 4 four days, as it is no longer edible. Where beef, chicken, or pork is not the size of two normal fists as opposed to one. A meal that was not pumped with steroids and preservatives as here at some places. In middle school, she remembers sticking up for the one who was mentally challenged and would always be picked on by the bullies. What was little old her going to be able to do, but she stood her ground or something anyway. She must have ended up upside down in the trash can on the school’s playground almost every day for a year for opening her mouth, but they never picked on him again, so my mission was accomplished.
Eleven years after moving to the United States from Belgium, Anneke was diagnosed with a Stage-3 breast cancer, hormone estrogen and progesterone receptor positive, which came in an aggressive kind. This was her toughest cancer, she was also diagnosed with her sixth cancer during battle number rive, which was a Stage-2 Melanoma on her foot. More than 8.5 million women worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year, but the word ‘C’ is not something anyone expects to hear.
Never judge a book by its cover!
When we are caught in a struggle we often put life on hold, believing that our pain needs to lessen before we can really begin to live again. Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. It can be easy to get caught up in how far you have to go. Don't forget to look back, and recognize how far you have come. Every day brings you one step closer.