A sought after speaker (though her presentations are experiences, not just words) in the United States and across the ocean, Shanna Decker has stories very different than most young adults and professional speakers. Faced with life and death at the age of seven when she was diagnosed with stage four bone cancer, she has grieved, laughed, and thrived through more than most will face throughout their entire life.
She has a backwards leg, and it propels her forward – in so many ways. This is so because in order to save her life, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN needed to remove her leg. The best option was this procedure called Rotationplasty in which her ankle is used as her knee. See the gallery on her website for more information!
Throughout the past two decades she has walked alongside thousands faced with childhood cancer as their mentor, coach, and hope. She has buried her best friends as they passed away from the disease which she survived, rejoiced with survivors, and held parents watching their children fall away in front of them. She is an old soul, lover of all, and humble before all things.
After many years of making hospital visits, providing mentorship, and working alongside other non-profit organizations to fight the effects of childhood cancer, Shanna founded Childhood Cancer Community, which exists to provide meaningful connections to families affected by childhood cancer to promote positivity and purpose throughout their journeys. You can learn more about the organization at www.ChildhoodCancerCommunity.org.
In her day job, Shanna is an MBA Program Coordinator for a highly ranked program in Minnesota.
Shanna prays you find healing here. That inspiration wraps you tightly in its arms, and that her stories and musings lead you to deeper peace, and to know that you are never alone. May these words lead you to know that love always wins. And that because of that, we live fully now.
Feel free to contact Shanna on this blog, through her website, Facebook, and Twitter with questions of any kind, to get to know her, or to hire her for your event. There exists not a person in this world who would say she has not changed their lives for the better. Feel free to ask them too.