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Yes I Have Breast Cancer…But I STILL Need to Work!

TCE Summit Helps Employees and Breast Cancer Survivors to Stay Employed!

According to the BreastCancer.org, “…in 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. As of March 2017, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.” I know, I am one of them. In 2016, I was diagnosed with a surprise Stage 3, Triple Negative Breast Cancer followed by aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. “It’s a tough time for many women who are anxious about their appearance, dignity, self-esteem and paying their bills.” says Francina R. Harrison, MSW, known nationally as “The Career Engineer®” (TCE).

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Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every paid registration, The Career Engineer will provide one (1) complimentary TCE Career & Business Breakfast and Summit ticket for a breast cancer patient or survivor who is still working but anxious about their career or business future. I’ve talked to women in the workforce who are fearful about breast cancer treatment and how it will impact their careers or future. During my journey, powered by fierce faith and TCE “mental Push-Ups”, I stayed in business, spoke at conferences and appeared on TV (often the day after chemo)! That’s why this year’s theme, “The POWER of NOW & NEXT”, is so important. I have learned that when bad news hits us, it’s what we do NEXT ..that matters,” says The Career Engineer, the TCE Summit Breakfast keynote speaker.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

The 8th Annual TCE Career, Life & Business Breakfast and Summit will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Attendees will have Saturday access to human resources, CEO’s, decision makers, career and business opportunities, intelligence, success strategies and “high-touch and hi-tech” networking and more. There will be boutique engagements and QA sessions at the Summit as well as Friday evening and Saturday summit receptions. “It’s all building REALationshipsSM, increasing motivation, empowerment, impact, potential and encouraging professionals to shift from NOW to NEXT,” says Francina Harrison, The Career Engineer.

Featured Business Panelists: Wesley Jones, COO of Crewestone Technology national/international multimedia, marketing media and technology firm; Stacey Mansfield, Director of Corporate Communication of Norfolk Southern Corporation; Brenda Walker-Moton, Atlanta Based Film Director & Executive Producer; and Duane Thompson, Author, CEO of Sabrosa Foods Inc., 8(a) certified, operates both the Sabrosa Foods Service & Asorbas Product Brand Manufacturing Divisions.

Featured Career Panelists: Ms. Danielle Dutton, MS, PHR, Office of Civilian Human Resources (Federal Government); Dr. Phyllis Slade Martin, DMV Based CEO of Slade and Associates, research & organizational consulting;  Ms. Michelle Larkin, Division Manager on the Langley Administrative, Media and Professional Services (LAMPS) contract at NASA Langley; and renowned Clinical Psychologist, Mary H. Walden, Department of the Navy (DON), Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program Manager in the EEO Center of Excellence Office and Professor & CEO, Dr. Portia Rawles of DrPortiaRawles.com, speaking on workplace health and stress.

Invited Virtual Guest: CEO Alex Khan, Germany Based digital thought leader who teaches 1000s of people daily how to gain reach via social media and turn it into profit.

For information on this event give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823 (4TCE).  To get tickets and/or support this campaign please visit http://TCESummit.com or give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823. This event is sponsored by The Career Engineer http://TCEnow.com TCE Network http://MyTCEnow.com, Urban League of Hampton Roads, and DrPortiaRawles.com .


The Career Engineer® (TCE) , http://TCEnow.com/, is a nationally recognized Virginia-based consulting firm that helps job hunters & business owners increase impact and potential with career coaching strategies, social visibility platform building and procurement connections. TCE has been a featured panelist at the 2016 National Urban League Conference (Baltimore), Voted 2014 Radio Producer of the Year (SEVAA), 2010 Women in Business Achievement Award (Inside Business), featured on the TJMS, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune and is a recurring expert on WAVY10 and media across the USA.

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How Faith, Castor Oil, Chemo & Showing Up, Healed ME!

So I shared some “Healing Tips” on my TCE Instagram account on things  I did during my Stage  3  Cancer treatments that helped me get thru it in an uncommon way.   What’s also interesting, is that I continued using this regimen  and it has helped me to feel even better post-chemo and radiation treatment. So when I share this on Instagram , it seemed to produce interest,  curiosity and more!  In fact , it was suggested by a follower…that these  tips should be published. So I figured, why not blog about it.

But first let me do the legal thing.   I am not a doctor  or a medical professional so please be aware that the results that happened to me may be different, don’t work for you or it could be better. My lawyer is happy that I cleared that up.  But what I WILL SAY, and what  I am… is a stage 3,triple negative, spread to my nodes,  breast cancer conqueror  (I’m not a survivor) was healed  in 366 days and who seem to have tolerated chemo without the extreme sickness. extreme fatigue or physical complications.

So….here are those tips and I hope they bless someone.

MY HEALING REGIMEN:  Of Course I activated my faith, prayed, did 5 months of aggressive chemo, 4 Neulasta shots, weekly lab work, 5 surgeries  and  6 weeks of daily radiation! Oh did you see my LAST DAY OF TREATMENT video on youtube, I’m not glamorous, it’s pretty encouraging, but get some tissue!!!

DURING TREATMENT:  I also drank half my bodyweight in water 3 days before and after chemo,  used castor oil (mixed with rosemary and lavender) on my body, nails, skin, brows, hair and eyelashes..even as the hair said “good bye”.   Let me be 100% truthful, I shaved my head at 6 weeks when it started to come out.

Let me not forget to mention my Black Soap by Rafiki skin Care (amazing on my troubled skin).  Also took my daily apple cider vinegar cocktail in the morning, stayed engaged in my career, life and business and took naps lol. Folks getting up, everyday, getting dressed, staying engaged in LIFE is the key.  Oh, I also laughed a lot, told jokes and did the wobble as much as possible (yes the line dance).

All I can say, skin glowed, nails grew, no nausea, no bone pain, no mouth sores, nails did not fall off (in fact they grew), no weight loss, energy (not like before cancer) but it was workable. Proof of energy are my local – national speaking event, interviewing amazing people like Coach Mike Tomlin and coordinated the 2016 TCE Summit (which was a success, yep 2017 is planned on Oct 21, 2017).  All of my speaking events happened the day AFTER chemo ; yeah that’s how GOD works.  Oh yeah , that chemo fog thing (hum..I don’t think so lol)

AFTER TREATMENT: I STILL DAILY EAGLE UP, FAITH UP, THANK GOD  HOURLY,  take my  daily vitamin, castor oil regimen (skin, nails, eyes, hair, brows, lashes), water,  apple cider vinegar cocktail, added Coq10, b12, B6 and iron pills to help red blood cells and reduce chemo induced anemia, neuropathy.  Dancing 30 minutes (when no one is watching), getting some REAL Sun, and doing house work more (hey its exercise.)

So, that’s what I did and now I LIVE every day…like I’m dying!  (Meaning  well, because according to science, our cells die…daily; so don’t waste your days folks, make sure they count for something).  In fact, I redesigned a group of mine on Facebook called “Don’t Get Anxious”  to help others to keep it moving and flowing, in-spite of LIFE’s obstacles.  You are welcomed to join the group, share your wisdom and share the group with others.

Booming Job Opportunities for Baby Boomers!!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  The 21st Century workforce is NOT just for millennials and GenX’ers. Our Baby Boomers are a great asset to employers and organizations who are looking for high-touch workforce engagement and “tried and true” delivery. So the Career Engineer is here, to share second career opportunities and reasons why Boomers are in demand.

Boomers Rock and Here’s Why:

  • What Do Baby Boomers Bring to the Career Table: high-touch customer service, quality first attitude, pride in workmanship, emotional maturity, retention and loyalty.   What employer doesn’t want that? #Boom!
  • It’s Time To SELL Your Boom: No, you are not 22; and for some employers, that a big plus. Don’t focus on the “ism”. Instead believe and sell your past experience, expertise, wisdom, critical thinking skills, crisis management, self-management and problem solving skills!
  • Boomer Resources: AARP ROCKS! 55+ and over, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) call them (757) 625-7001 (Norfolk, va) more contact info http://aarp.org
  • Consider Giving Back & Getting Paid: Consider the non-profit arena as PT paid staff in organizations that fit your purpose. Use sites like http://volunteerhr.org  (my 757 area)  or Guidestar  find national non-profits and reach out to them. Don’t forget the social organizations you are currently involved in…network and ask about paid positions.

 

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE , Twitter @CareerEngineer

 

Labor Day is Coming, Time to Shift Gears & Put Your “A-Game On!”

2016-08-22-12.47.28.jpg.jpgAh, Labor Day is coming! September and October are the BIG months for hiring before the holiday season. Vacation time is over and the fall is going to ask the summer “how’s your A-Game… or are your still “at the beach?” So, here are some TCE Career PushUps to help you get ready and positioned to hear “You Are Hired” this fall!

 

TCE PushUp: “You Can’t SELL…What You Don’t KNOW!”
(Have strong responses to Tough Interview questions)

• 3 to 5 Reasons Someone Should Hire You? (PALS)
• What are your Strengths? What are your Limitations?
• Tell Me Something About Yourself? (Most Dangerous Question!!!)

TCE PushUp: “Plan Your Work AND Work Your Plan”
(Yes, define your market — Job Sourcing 101)

• Low/High Tech: Walk the Beat, Job Centers, Friends/Past Employers, LinkedIn,
• Job Boards: Niche Boards, Indeed.com, Snagajob.com, Dice.com, prjobforce.com

TCE PushUp: “It’s NOT Who You KNOW…It’s Who KNOWS YOU”
(No networking = Net)

• Get Involved, Get Connected: (PTA, professional networks, Sports, TCE Network)
• (Open To The Public) September TCE 1st Tuesday Career & Biz Showup @ Aloft Hotel, Chesapeake VA http://TCE757.Eventbrite.com

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ALL That Glitters Is NOT GOLD (it Could Be …RUST)

Gold Image for blogEarlier this month I posted a simple “impromptu” thought on my Facebook profile that seems to have generated a tremendous amount of interest.  I had a feeling (yeah I am getting very feeling oriented this days), that many of the good and amazing people I have none over the years…are getting themselves in positioned to be:  HUSTLED.

 

Here is a copy of what I posted on Facebook earlier today.

Just a Thought: All That Glitters is NOT Gold, Be Cautions of the “Quick, Fast & in a Hurry” Tongues, Fake places and Stolen spaces. In short folks, “Be careful Out There”.

The sad thing is…it’s not their fault (well not all of it!)  It’s almost like the sheep are just doing their thing peacefully on the hillside…and here comes those gosh darn wolves.   Of course, sometimes the sheep are hypnotized by the glare of the wolves coat:  its bling, its shine,  sweet words and the sugar-coated promises.

When you feel “anxious or unaware ” in your life, you may FEEL like you can only move forward when you have the support of a crowd.  Any crowd…even a fake one.  So to that I say … (Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!).   The REAL problem is that wolves/false crowds prey on the ANXIOUS  and the UN-AWARE.  Do YOU know people like this…is it …YOU?

It gets worse…the “wolf” crowd will applause you, sing your praise, say they support you and buy your stuff (well initially).  Now this situation may allow you to think that you are safe from harm and secure.  But “all that glitters is not gold” you could be in a very dangerous space clouded by a false perception.  Why…because when you are a SHEEP in a crowd of WOLVES…9 times at of 10…YOU are on the menu! THEY are smiling, hugging you and at the same time licking their lips…as THEY prepare… for a FEAST aka YOU.  So how do YOU avoid getting Career, Life or Business Hustled?  

Try these TCE “REALationships” steps below!  

  • SEED/FRUIT:  Inspect the SEED, test the SOIL & check out the FRUIT (the REAL FRUIT, not the scripted stuff)
  • BIG EGO, SMALL HEART:  Ego’s overkill the words “I/Me”.  The heart speaks words such as  “We & CommUNITY”.
  • ALL IS VANITY:  Watch for OVERKILL of compliments in some cases,  folks are trying to PUFF YOU UP for the slaughter!
  • TO GOOD TO BE TRUE :  It is! Too many violins playing, sparrows flying around singing; listen to your gut & run
  • GOT STICKY POWER:  Are they consistently in the same form; or is the business reinventing or renaming game going on…again?

Would love to get your comments below directly on this blog on what you think about this topic.

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The Career EngineerThe Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer provides career , life and business solutions, brand visibility and re-engineering! click http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4823 (4TCE) .

“What if GOD Was My Coffee?” (An Inspirational Post from Your Career Engineer)

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  Fact:  I am NOT a morning person!  In fact for years its been a well know fact, “don’t say anything to Francina…until she has HAD HER COFFEE.”  A couple of sips of Joe and I am off running and getting all my career, life and business places and spaces in order.   Well, last week I was having an amazing and inspirational conversation with my Pastor Adrian Woodard  and he contacted me…EARLY in the morning.  It must have been pretty obvious that my voice was reflective of the fact that “I have not had my coffee yet” and “Pastor A” has discerned this limitation.  He is a quick study and he knows I struggle in this area  (plus I say “I need my coffee” all the time).

TCE and my Coffee

 

So how interesting it was to me that “Pastor A said, “Francina, GOD should be your Coffee.” and he proceeded to shower inspiration, encouragement and an alert that he just may pop in an EARLY call or two “every now and then” to remind me of this.  We both laughed and enjoyed a chuckle of the moment.  But after we ended our chat, I thought about it, “what if GOD was my coffee?”  (That’s just Like Pastor A, always trying to make me slow down, wait and …ponder!)  So I thought of all the reasons, celebrations, problems, situations that I use coffee to make it through my day versus taking additional time out for a moment with GOD.  So this is what I have come up with take a look and let me now what you think.

What if GOD Was My Coffee …What Would I Do Differently?

  • Can’t/Won’t Start My Day Without Coffee:  Before my feet hit the ground, I am often in a dream state and can’t get it together without my cup of coffee.  In my mind, nothing starts, until I make that Dunkin Donuts run and after 10 or 15 minutes, I am good to go. Now, imagine in this scenario if coffee was replaced by GOD.  What a difference it would make in the start and finishing of my day! (Relying on GOD to start…everything!)
  • Need a Boost – Coffee to the Rescue ( Here I Come):  Ok, so it’s an all night gig, or I have to get a TCE project done! Well, I RUN to the coffee…because in my mind, I can’t do it with out the boost.  I need that edge, that sweet and powerful caffeine  to give me the rush I need.  Imagine, if my running was to the author and finisher of my faith, the one who designed me and created my purpose.  The one who I believe is the Alpha and Omega in my life. Now, imagine in this scenario if coffee was replaced by GOD.   Shouldn’t this be the place where my true “boost, edge &  power” should come from.  (Another hum moment).
  • Coffee Warms Me Up it Just Feels Good:  A cold winter night or having a cup of coffee as I socialize with family, friends and peers.  Great conversation over a cup of coffee is an American tradition.  Let me own this, it’s MY tradition.  It feels good, it’s comforting, it’s accepted, everyone understands it.  Now imagine in this scenario if Coffee was replaced by GOD. Is he not comforting, should I care whether he is accepted by all as long as HE is accepted by me?
  • I love Coffee, I May Even be Addicted to It:  Dunkin Donuts is definitely my friend.  I can’t stay away from the place (and I won’t share my other addiction for those gosh darn donuts).  But I have got to tell you as a New Englander, this is the best cup of coffee on the planet and I LOVE IT.  In fact, I have even tipped out of the house…at night…for a cup of this good stuff (yes I am that addicted). Now, imagine in this scenario, if Coffee was replaced by GOD.  The same love and sense of not letting go..the quenching of my thirst…is a feeling/action that should be destined for GOD and not my “cup of coffee.

Yes, this is a different type of TCE blog post for me and an opportunity for me to share my journey on ensuring my faith should be as evident as the many cups of coffee in my life.  Who knows, maybe it will encourage someone else to rethink…their coffee.  I am not here to convert or convict you…that not my job.  But I was compelled to share this part of my journey, as it’s been one of the most “teachable moments” in the last 10 months of my life.  I have to thank “Pastor A” for a powerful statement that was re-engineered to a great question which I hope will get a lot of us…thinking.

The really cool thing is, I am not writing this post on a coffee fix…doing this one totally on my own (let me correct that, with GOD).  I look forward to your comments, thoughts, posts and shares. #TG4FNL

 

 

 

 

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