In Her Words: Beverly Vote, Publisher of Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine

Our staff at the Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction warmly welcomes this exclusive interview with Beverly Vote, publisher of Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine

The mag­a­zine is a quar­terly, full color printed pub­li­ca­tion that goes directly to thou­sands of breast can­cer patients and sur­vivors in all 50 states as well as to sev­eral thou­sand mas­tec­tomy cen­ters, breast can­cer sup­port groups, and breast can­cer cen­ters and events. In addi­tion, the mag­a­zine is avail­able online. The mag­a­zine was the 2007 recip­i­ent of the Don Ranly Pub­lish­ers Award for Best Issue in its cat­e­gory and a con­tender for Best Arti­cle for the arti­cle “Ser­vice, Strength, and Survival.”

Tell us a little bit about your own story. How was Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine created?

I will never forget the feelings I had in 1992 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38.  I felt very alone and very afraid.  It wasn’t just my health that I was concerned about, but I was deeply worried how it was affecting my family.  Three perfect strangers reached out to me in my darkest hours and provided hope and inspiration at a time when my medical doctors had little to offer.  

The magazine was created because I learned first hand from these three women how important it is to share hope and inspiration with one another.  Twenty one years later, I continue to see the importance in sharing our healing stories. The Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine includes both valuable information from leading experts in the field of integrative medicine but also personal stories from breast cancer thrivers.

Have you noticed certain themes for articles lately? What are the big focus topics today for the magazine?

Themes in blogs and other articles seem to be more centered around empowering our mind, our body and our spirit.  The focus for the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine continues to include this, as it has since its inception, but the magazine now also campaigns to change self-communication from, “I am a survivor,” to “I am a thriver!”  There is a thriving force in all of us that wants to be experienced, to live life with more passion and joy, and if not after a diagnosis of breast cancer, when?  


There is big buzz around the Thrivers Cruise. What is it and why is this cruise different? What can passengers expect? 

The annual Thrivers Cruise is a fun and celebratory event that brings women together from across the United States.  Every year we have a “Far Out Thriver” contest for the person traveling the farthest to attend the cruise.  For the past two years, the winner has been from Liverpool England, but we have also had women travel from Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Grand Cayman Islands, and Afghanistan. Over 55% are repeat cruisers with many women traveling with us for five consecutive years.  We also have a Pink Celebration Party every year on the cruise, and recognize the Largest Group traveling together, the Best Karaoke, Prettiest Pink T-Shirt contest, and the Funkiest Flip Flop contest.  We recently added the Encourager Award and the Thriving Caregiver award. What is great about the Thrivers Cruise is that it offers the opportunity to do things with new found friends as well as time for personal recreation or with others. For the repeat cruisers, we love seeing friends that we have made from our previous trips.

Every year, we offer a Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise giveway.  It’s very easy to register to win! The simple qualifications to win are on the website It is a random drawing and includes an inside cabin for the winning recipient and the guest of her/his choice. 

Our travel agent for our 8th Annual Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise 2014 is Connie Saunders, owner of Your Cruise Agents. Connie and her Crew were selected as our travel agency because Connie has a real need to be of service for this annual event…. both her mother and her best friend were diagnosed with breast cancer. Connie knows the power that fellowship and fun provides!

Connie has created an easy monthly payment plan for our group.

What is the one thing you want all women to know about breast cancer?

The most important message that I personally want to convey to anyone facing breast cancer is that we are not powerless over breast cancer and we don’t have to face breast cancer alone. One of the greatest allies we have in this healing journey is the Pink Sisterhood. Connecting with someone who understands what we are going through is life-changing. The Pink Sisterhood is one of the most dynamic forces on earth and is an important resource no matter what age or stage of the journey that we are on.

What is next for the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine? How is the magazine spreading outside of its pages?

The Breast Cancer Wellness Ambassadors’ program is soon to launch.  This program includes an introduction to the wholistic healing principles specific for breast cancer and tools to help empower our body, mind and spirit after a diagnosis of breast cancer.  Advanced training for the BCW Transformational Leaders and Speakers will also be offered. 

Find out more about Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine and subscribe at:

2013 Breast Cancer Wellness Thrivers Cruise

The team at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction is a huge fan of the seasonally published, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. In the current issue, the 2012 Thrivers Cruise is highlighted and with the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship now calling Charleston home, you bet cruising is becoming part of our culture here in the Lowcountry. Founded in 2007, the annual BCW Thrivers Cruise gathers women together to offer and foster encouragement, inspiration and fellowship.

Check out some of the fun below from the 2012 Thrivers Cruise. Click here to view the full magazine online.

Want to take part in the next Thrivers Cruise? You have two opportunities to join in on the fun in 2013!

7th Annual Thrivers Cruise

April 21-28, 2013 — “Destination – A New You” Caribbean 

Sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the Princess Ruby™ to St Maarten, St Thomas, Princess Cays, Grand Turk

Workshops include:
•    Makeover Fashion Show
•    Breast Cancer Thriver Panel Discussions
•    Financial Empowerment after Breast Cancer
•    Beauty and Fashion on a Budget
•    The Thriving Caregiver™
•    Fun, Friends, Family, Food, Fellowship, Adventure

July 12-19, 2013 — “Exploration – Within” Alaska

Sailing from Seattle on the Celebrity Solstice to Alaska’s Inside Passage. (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia)

*For full details on the 2013 Thriver’s Cruise visit:

Cruising from Charleston: Another perk the Lowcountry has to offer.

Did you know that the Carnival Fantasy is home-based in Charleston, SC and cruises year round to the Bahamas and the eastern Caribbean? Passengers depart from the Charleston cruise terminal in the heart of downtown Charleston and  can choose from a 5-night cruise to the Bahamas or  7-day eastern Caribbean cruise. Features and amenities aboard the ship include the  Serenity adults-only retreat, resort-style pool, Waterworks aquapark, Spa Carnival, and Camp Carnival for the kids. Visit Carnival’s website today to book your next cruise and set sail from historic Charleston.

Make sure to download your very own online copy of Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine today.