Beverlye Hyman Fead is an author, speaker, photographer, cancer survivor and aging
After being told she had two months to live in 2002, Beverlye opted for an experimental
treatment that helped her survive Stage IV uteral stromal sarcoma. She went to three
different doctors who wanted her to do immediate, rigorous, standard treatment. She did
not believe that was how she wanted to live the rest of her life after seeing her
grandmother, mother and two sisters die of cancer before her.
She continued going until she found two doctors, Dr. Charles Forscher of Cedar Sinai
and Dr. Frederick Eilbur of UCLA, who went out of the box and prescribed an
experimental treatment of hormone blockers, passed it through the tumor board, and
fourteen years later she is still living well and managing her cancer. That’s why she is a
strong advocate of getting more than one opinion.
Although, she lives with her cancer, she leads a very full life, exercising, traveling,
writing, speaking and using her photography skills on nature. She brought her best self to
the table for cancer and as she aged she realized how important it was to be proactive
with growing older. She has turned her attention to aging in better health. She was
fortunate enough to have made the right choices and has lived with her manageable
cancer for thirteen and a half years.
In 2002, Beverlye wrote I Can Do This: Living with Cancer, Tracing a Year of Hope.
The book has motivated people around the world to be proactive and get as many
opinions as needed until they are confident in their protocol. Her second award-winning
book, which she co-wrote with her granddaughter, Tessa, titled Nana, What’s Cancer?
answers questions children might have regarding the disease.
In addition to her writing, Beverlye shares her inspiring story of courage and hope with
others, speaking at events around the country. In 2008, she was named a Hero of Hope by
the American Cancer Society and serves as an ongoing Legislative Ambassador for the
In 2009, she received the Courage Award from the Sarcoma Foundation of America as
well as the Gift of Life Award from the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation.
In 2010, she wrote and produced a short documentary, Stage IV: Living With Cancer. It
has won many awards in film festivals, and is on websites and in cancer centers all over
Beverlye has appeared on CNN Health and CBS News, and her book Nana, What’s
Cancer? has been featured on Good Morning, America. She writes for the Huffington
Post and has appeared on national radio shows. She has published her third book Aging in
High Heels, which she took from her blog by the same name.
She has been just been asked to be an advocate for Global Healthspan Priority Institute
(GHPI) in Washington DC and is grateful she has been given the opportunity to raise
funds before the Senate and Congress for her two passions, cancer and aging.
In these bonus years she has been given, her objective is to pay it forward to those
coming up behind her.
Beverlye Hyman Fead is 81 years old and is indeed Aging In High Heels.