Christine Handy is a keynote speaker and author of Walk Beside Me, a fictional depiction of her illness and long road to recovery. An accomplished model in the national and international sphere, who began modeling at age 11, she has done campaigns for notable brands including Guess, J. Crew, JC Penney, Bud Light, Pepsi, Petco and Target. Modeling up until her cancer diagnosis, Christine now aims to serve as a spokesperson, speaker and ambassador for cancer-related causes and women empowerment. Her story has been featured in many prestigious publications including American Volksport Association Magazine, Healing Touch, Town & Style, Edge Magazine, Inner Realm Magazine, The Art of Healing; Kindred Spirit Magazine, and Outreach Magazine. Christine has also been featured as a breast cancer advocate and expert on Fox News Radio. Christine has two amazing sons whose devotion through all her illnesses continues to humble and astound her.
Author of the national best-selling novel Walk Beside Me, Christine recounts her experiences with cancer, illness, prayer, hope, and the power of friendship. Walk Beside Me is a tale of sickness and triumph, of being comfortable in your own skin, of valuing the things that have true value, of learning to fight for yourself and what you truly want. It’s the story of a woman who peels away the layers to find her inner warrior; a woman who faces insurmountable odds and—thanks to her earthly Angels—learns to treasure the gift of God’s infinite light and love. Christine says, “It took nearly dying to realize how much I want to live.”
Finding Purpose in Our Pain
A cautionary tale of medical malfeasance
The Power of Inner Reflection
Empowerment through friendship and faith
- Christine Handy
Willow Adair has a picture-perfect life―or so it seems. A stunning model-turned-wife-and-mother, she lives in a beautiful home with her husband and two kids in historic Bexley, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio. On the outside, she has everything. On the inside, she struggles with issues of self-worth. Spurned by her neglectful husband and at odds with her rebellious teen daughter, Willow never feels she is good enough. She fears everyone she loves will leave. Piece by piece, the cornerstones of Willow’s life begin to crumble. A routine colon operation goes horribly wrong. A yoga injury leads to a series of surgeries and misdiagnoses, ultimately ending in permanent loss of motion in her right arm. And then Willow is diagnosed with breast cancer. Convinced that no one will stand by her for one more day of sickness and depression, she prepares to end her life.
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