Christine Handy

Breast Cancer Survivor, Model, Ambassador, and Inspiring Filmmaker

A Story of Resilience
and Self-Discovery

Christine Handy is a stage 2 breast cancer survivor, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and dedicated humanitarian, Christine’s journey has inspired countless individuals facing the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Her unwavering commitment to changing the cancer narrative and empowering others shines through her role as an ambassador for Learn Look Locate and her groundbreaking film, “Hello Beautiful.”

Christine's Breast Cancer Journey

In 2012, at the age of 41, Christine Handy received a life-altering breast cancer diagnosis. With no family history of the disease and a healthy lifestyle, the news came as a shock. Christine’s battle included 28 rounds of chemotherapy over 15 months, followed by a double mastectomy and multiple reconstructive surgeries. The physical was immense, with Christine experiencing a range of side effects from chemotherapy, including heart issues, liver spots, and teeth extractions. However, it was the emotional trauma that left the most significant impact on her life.

Through faith, self-reflection, and the support of her loved ones, Christine embarked on a transformative journey of self-discovery and purpose. She found strength in her lowest moments, choosing to view her diagnosis as a catalyst for change and growth.

For me, the emotional trauma was greater than the physical,” Christine shares. “In many ways, my life is better now. My perspective has changed.

Embracing the New Christine: Thriving Beyond Cancer

Determined to thrive, not just survive, Christine channeled her experiences into making a positive impact on the lives of others. She became an advocate for breast cancer patients and survivors, serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including The Wonder Women Initiative, People of Purpose, and the Break Free Foundation. By sharing her story, Christine aims to offer hope and support to those navigating their own cancer journeys.

Christine’s advocacy work extends beyond her immediate circle, as she uses her platform to raise awareness about the importance of self-esteem, self-advocacy, and emotional well-being during and after cancer treatment. “I have a voice, and I’m going to use it,” she declares, emphasizing the power of sharing one’s story to inspire and empower others.



Christine's Modeling Comeback

Christine’s bold return to modeling at 50, proudly showcasing her mastectomy scars, challenges societal norms and redefines beauty.


Breast Implant Illness

After her breast cancer battle, Christine faced another challenge: breast implant illness. Learn about the illness, her journey, and advocacy.


Christine's Journey

From chemotherapy to mastectomy, Christine’s journey sheds light on the challenges and triumphs of breast cancer treatment.

Hello Beautiful

Reshaping the Breast Cancer Narrative Through Christine Handy's Journey

Hello Beautiful,” a groundbreaking film adapted from Christine Handy’s bestselling book “Walk Beside Me,” is set to redefine the narrative surrounding breast cancer. With Christine at the helm as executive producer, this feature-length drama brings her inspiring journey of resilience and hope to the big screen. The film, born from Christine’s personal experiences as a breast cancer survivor, aims to challenge the fear-based and one-sided portrayal of the disease in media, offering a story filled with hope, purpose, and joy.

The Inspiration Behind "Hello Beautiful"

During her own battle with breast cancer, Christine found herself yearning for uplifting and hopeful stories that showcased the strength and resilience of the cancer community. However, she discovered that most films centered around cancer ended with the protagonist’s death, leaving little room for narratives of hope and survival.

This realization sparked Christine’s determination to change the conversation surrounding breast cancer in media. “I felt a deep yearning to watch uplifting, hopeful films and other media concerning breast cancer,” she shares. “I assumed that if I felt that disappointment with the limited cultural portrayal of the disease, maybe others did as well.

Hello Beautiful” follows the transformative journey of Willow, portrayed by Tricia Helfer, a model and mother facing a life-altering breast cancer diagnosis. Mirroring Christine’s own experiences, the film delves into the physical and emotional challenges of the disease, ultimately revealing the power of inner strength and self-love.

The story goes beyond the medical aspects of breast cancer, exploring the profound impact of the diagnosis on Willow’s sense of self, relationships, and career. As she navigates the uncertainties and fears that come with cancer, Willow embarks on a journey of self-discovery, learning to embrace her own resilience and find joy in the face of adversity.

Redefining the Cultural Portrayal of Breast Cancer

Hello Beautiful” aims to challenge and change the cultural portrayal of breast cancer by highlighting the often-overlooked aspects of hope, strength, and joy that coexist with the diagnosis. Christine emphasizes that while the film will not shy away from the pain and duress that accompany a cancer diagnosis, it will also showcase the hope, purpose, and joy that can exist alongside the challenges.

By presenting a more nuanced and balanced portrayal of the breast cancer experience, this film seeks to inspire viewers to embrace their own resilience and find healing in self-acceptance. The film serves as an anthem of self-love, reminding audiences that beauty and strength can be found even in the darkest of times.

Modeling Flat: Christine's Empowering Return to Modeling

After her breast cancer journey, Christine Handy made a bold and inspiring return to the modeling world, showcasing her scars and redefining beauty standards in the fashion industry. Her comeback is not just about fashion; it’s a powerful statement of self-love, resilience, and body positivity.

Taking my complete power back after my cancer diagnosis included working on my self-esteem. The only person who can negate my beauty is myself. Self-love is my responsibility and my determination. I’m proud of my body, my beauty, and my ability to make a difference in the fashion world.” – Christine Handy

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Learn Look Locate: Supporting Christine's Vision

As an ambassador for Learn Look Locate, Christine’s partnership with the organization underscores the importance of education, support, and community for those affected by breast cancer.

Christine’s involvement with Learn Look Locate highlights the organization’s commitment to providing valuable resources and support for those navigating the breast cancer journey.

Through her inspiring journey, Christine has become a symbol of resilience and hope for the breast cancer community. Her book, “Walk Beside Me,” candidly shares her experiences, offering comfort and guidance to those navigating their own cancer journeys.

Learn Look Locate is a community that cares about each person. As a survivor, I am grateful for the stories of hope and the communities we are able to draw from. It would be the first place I would go if I was newly diagnosed. Learn Look Locate is an incredible source for all information on breast cancer.” – Christine Handy

Thoughts from LLL founder

Gratitude fills my heart for the unwavering support and friendship of Ambassador Christine Handy. Her daily inspiration, dedication to this vision and mission, and steadfast presence since day one have been invaluable. Together, we are resolute in reshaping perceptions of this complex disease, offering warmth, support, education, and hope to breast cancer patients throughout their journey of diagnosis and survivorship.

– Cynthia, Founder of Learn Look Locate