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Wonder Women Entrepreneurs! This is the place to join conversations with thought leaders who amaze, astonish and inspire you. Listen each week as entrepreneur and host Kalika Yap explores the challenges, wisdom and breakthroughs of extraordinary people. (An Entrepreneurs’ Organization production)

Featured guests include:
Lisa Sugar, cofounder of POPSUGAR
Toni Ko, founder of NYX Cosmetics
Devin Alexander, celebrity chef and nutrition expert who appears on "The Biggest Loser"

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Jan 6, 2021

What do you do when life throws you a curveball? How do you pick yourself back up and find the strength to push forward? Ask FOX 11 weather anchor Maria Quiban Whitesell. When her husband Sean was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she was utterly unprepared. It was difficult--Maria had to figure out how to explain the situation to her son, how to deal with the day-to-day, and how to cope with what was going on. In her book, You Can’t Do It Alone, Maria shares her experiences and provides readers with advice on dealing with illness, death, and grief. Listen in!

Timestamped show notes
01:39 - You Can’t Do It Alone
03:00 - The start of Maria’s journey
04:38 - The diagnosis
07:24 - Explaining to their son, Gus
09:46 - Discussing with family
12:09 - Navigating the lack of control
15:28 - Asking for help
17:09 - Ohana means family
19:11 - Finding support
22:09 - Overwhelming but important
24:56 - Finding moments of joy
26:44 - Kalika shares how the book has helped her
28:09 - Maria encourages people to help donate for cancer research
29:21 - Closing remarks, Maria shares how Gus is doing

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