“As a cancer program administrator, I found Terry Healey’s testimonial of his journey with cancer absolutely inspiring. Terry serves as a great example of how someone can turn a devastating event such as dealing with a disfiguring cancer into a story of resilience and survivorship. He is to be commended for his courage and willingness to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration to those not only facing cancer but any major adversity in life.Thank you Terry!” Brenda Carlson, Executive Director of Oncology, John Muir Health, November 14, 2015
“Thank you, Terry! What an inspirational speech and a great way to kick off a very productive day for our team! We really appreciate the time you spent, and the valuable insights – and look forward to keeping the connection going.” Kim Laughton, President, Schwab Charitable, February 12, 2015
This web site is intended to provide information about Terry’s public speaking , his books, and his resource recommendations for others dealing with cancer, sarcoma-specific cancers, and disfigurement.
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Terry’s latest book, At Face Value: My Triumph Over a Disfiguring Cancer, was released by Caveat Press/White Cloud Books. You can purchase the book at any bookstore, from the publisher, directly from the author, or from Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, etc.
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Twenty years old and a junior at the University of California, Berkeley, Terry Healey seldom faced adversity or difficulty. He was confident and not concerned about his appearance. Then a lump formed behind his right nostril. Cancer. He fought it and survived, but multiple surgeries and radiation treatments left Terry to deal with what would become his greatest struggle for years to come – the resulting disfigurement. At Face Value explores the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges forced upon a young man by a disfiguring cancer. It’s a story about tragedy, obstacles, and ultimately, triumph.
What people are saying about At Face Value:
“Anyone who needs to see that there are blessings in every curse should read Healey’s book and learn from his experience about how to create a healing team and how to heal one’s own life.” Bernie Siegel, MD, Author of ‘Help Me to Heal’ and ‘365 Prescriptions for the Soul’
“As a physician I found Healey’s story remarkable – not just because he survived his cancer but because he redefined himself as a person. He is a model for how we should embrace each day. He inspires and puts life in perspective.” Nancy Snyderman, MD, Author of ‘Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn From Life’ and regular medical consultant for ABC News
“At Face Value is a must read memoir that will teach all of us great lessons in courage and hope. Healey truly demonstrates the strength of the human soul. Reading his book has provided me with insights that have enabled me to help others as they face cancer.” David Zacks, Immediate Past Chair, National Board, American Cancer Society
“Despite the hope of eventually curing cancer, those who care for cancer patients on a daily basis and those who have a personal history with this dreaded disease will all be better for reading and reflecting on Healey’s very moving book. The experiences outlined in Healey’s book will make us more positive and compassionate.”William Piche, CEO, Good Samaritan Hospital
1 Up On Cancer – “At Face Value: Rebounding from a disfiguring cancer” 1 Up on Cancer Story
CURE Today – “Beyond Face Value” CURE Today – article and video
Tri-Valley Animal Rescue – Giving Them Another Chance – “Happy Tales” Cinderella Story
March 2, 2009
The San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, The Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group newspapers – “Alamo Author’s Charisma Overcomes Cancer Scars” by Robert Jordan The Contra Costa Times – Robert Jordan
December 18, 2008
The San Francisco Chronicle – “Pioneering Face Transplant – 80% of woman’s face replaced in unique surgery” by Marilynn Marchione The San Francisco Chronicle – Marilyn Marchione
February 29, 2008
The Contra Costa Times/San Ramon Valley Times – “Disfiguring Cancer Spurs Book” by Cindy Luck The Contra Costa Times – Cindy Luck
February 19, 2007
The Catholic Voice – “He Rebuit His Life After CancerRavaged His Face” by Carrie McClish The Catholic Voice – Carrie McClish
February 5, 2007
Sierra Sun – “Local Cancer Survivor Sharing His Story” by Sierra Countis Sierra Sun – Sierra Countis
August 11, 2006
Moonshine Ink – “An Honest Reflection on Cancer” by Eve Quesnel Moonshine Ink, (Download PDF)
June 9, 2006
Danville Weekly – “Face to Face: Disfiguration Causes Alamo Man To Look Deeper Into Himself” by Jordan Doronila Danville Weekly – Jordan Doronila
June 2, 2006
Sierra Sun/North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – “Beyond Appearances: After 30 Reconstructive Face Surgeries, Man Inspires Others” by Christine Stanley Sierra Sun/North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – Christine Stanley
September 29, 2005
Richmond Times-Dispatch – “Face Transplants: Physicians are Taking Facial Tissue from Cadaver and Transplanting” by Tammie Smith
Richmond Times-Dispatch – Tammie Smith