Beverly McKee, MSW, LCSW is a licensed mental health therapist by training, writer at heart, and has an unbridled passion for empowering others to celebrate life, even in the midst of crisis. A dynamic, results-driven social service executive with more than two decades of leadership and public speaking experience, she has guided countless others through personal and professional challenges.
One random Wednesday afternoon, her life was boldly interrupted with news that would forever alter the landscape of her existence: Stage III breast cancer.
Determined to use her diagnosis as a catalyst for positive change, Beverly founded “Navigating the Storms”, which leveraged her clinical skills, history of guiding others through crisis, and personal experience as a cancer survivor into that of an author, blogger, keynote speaker and cancer advocate. Based on interviews with long term breast cancer survivors, Beverly’s new book, Celebrating Life DECADES after Breast Cancer offers HOPE and inspiration to her followers throughout the world. Beverly's worldwide book tour kicks off in the fall of 2015. Readers will have the opportunity to meet the inspiring survivors featured in the book, all of whom have survived breast cancer between twenty and fifty years.
Beverly’s writing has appeared in publications throughout the world, including the New York Times, Post Dispatch, Cancer Today, Faces of Inspiration, The Islander, Survivor Secrets, Breast Cancer Wellness magazine and Cancer Treatment, earning her the 2014 Top Cancer Blog and Best in #Social Work awards. Named a “Portrait of Hope” by the American Cancer Society and a “Torchlighter” by the United Way, Beverly connects with her audiences on an emotional level, eliciting laughter, tears and inspiration.
Cancer free today, Beverly’s enthusiasm and appreciation for life are contagious and she is looking forward to meeting readers on her worldwide book tour! When not working, you may find her rescuing baby sea turtles, enjoying long walks through nature or zip lining through the jungles of Belize (an adventure she embarked upon less than one year after radiation).
In an effort not to be outnumbered, Beverly and her husband Dan limit everything in their household to pairs: two amazing sons, Jack and Alex, two dogs and two reptiles. The family splits their time beneath a canopy of trees in Missouri and the shell covered beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida where Beverly will host a party set far in the future. Mark your calendars for October 17, 2052, forty years to the day after her breast cancer diagnosis. You are officially invited to Beverly’s “40 Year Survivor Celebration”!