Connie Pombo

Living Life Passionately!™

Motivational Speaker, Author and Cancer Survivor

Motivational speaker, cancer survivor, and author shares a message of hope and courage.  

Connie's life changed drastically on March 21, 1996 when she heard the words "you have breast cancer." Facing her own mortality, at the age of 40, was a wake-up call! Since that time, she has been inspiring audiences throughout the country with her hallmark speech, "Living the Passionate Life," in which she shares how you can transform your "tragedy, pain and loss into a life of unspeakable joy, purpose and passion."  

She is a member of the National Cancer Survivors Day Speakers Bureau,,an organization that provides listings of cancer survivor speakers to over 3,500 groups and institutes throughout the United States, and she is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Speaker's Association. Connie is the author of Trading Ashes for Roses and contributing author to 60 books, including the acclaimed Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. Connie has also been a presenter for the Weekend of Hope with topics on "Writing to Heal" and "Writing to Publish." She is pleased to announce that many of her participants are now published authors.

Upcoming Releases for 2021

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Making Me Time (February 16, 2021). Connie's story is: "A Little House Keeping." 

Upcoming Releases 2020:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas is in the Air (October 13, 2020). Connie's story is: "Kiss the Cook." 

Upcoming Releases: 2019

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy (September 24, 2019). Connie's story is: "More Important Than Fear." 

Upcoming Releases 2018: 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of Love (June 5, 2018). Connie's Stories: "The Heart of the Matter" and "The Unity Candle." 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family (April 10, 2018). Connie's Story: "It's All About the Dogs!" 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and More (February 6, 2018). Connie's Story: "CPR 101"

Upcoming Releases 2017: 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Really Did That? (August 8, 2017). Connie's Story:  Two Marines.

Releases in 2016: 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less (Connie's Story: Fire Drills!)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude (Connie's Story: The Beauty of Age Spots)

Releases in 2015: 
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering and Giving Back  

Connie's stories are included in:Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude; Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of LessChicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness ; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lemons to Lemonade; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Stress; Chicken Soup: Think Positive for Great Health and Chicken Soup: Hope and Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey (September 2012); Chicken Soup for the Soul:Power of the Positive . Other books include: 
The Ultimate Mom (HCI); Chicken Soup for the Coffee-Lover's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Runner's Soul and Love is a Verb.

Audiences describe Connie as vibrant, humorous, and authentic. "She is an animated storyteller...moving you from laughter one moment and tears the next." 

Connie delivers a message of hope and courage. She is a presenter for therapeutic writing workshops, including the Weekend of Hope in Stowe, Vermont where she first found her passion for writing. Her topics are diverse, but all draw the listener to deeper levels of understanding and passion. With 20 years' experience in health information management and her expertise as a CLASS Certified Personality Trainer (CPT), Connie shares with healthcare professionals, cancer survivors, and caregivers the importance of understanding the emotional aspects of cancer. Connie used humor to get through the painful side effects of treatment and found that "laughter is the best medicine." Connie balances all her presentations with knowledge, humor, and sparkling anecdotes to make her presentations memorable and informative.

Connie is available to speak at conferences and seminars, healthcare and oncology groups, fundraising events, college and university campuses, church groups, and writing conferences.

Connie was the honoree of the "Celebration of Life Award" by the Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund and Fox Chase Cancer Center to research the hereditary and non-hereditary aspects of breast cancer.

Connie's story of "Making a Difference" was recently featured in Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. The story of Connie's incredible cancer journey titled, "Living Passionately" is featured in COPING magazine and her most recent article “Ten Ways to Support Someone with Cancer" is found in the July/August issue of Coping Magazine. Read more about Connie's story of survival in "Ever Seen Style" magazine's featured article titled "Heart Strings.” 

If you would like more information on booking Connie for your next event, please refer to the contact page on this website. If you know someone going through the cancer journey and you don't know what to say or how to help, order Connie's book Trading Ashes for Roses: From Pain to Passion for helpful insights on walking a loved one through the cancer journey. The Kindle version is now available as well.    

When not speaking or writing, Connie and her husband enjoy traveling. Right now they live in Cuenca, Ecuador where Connie writes for several travel magazines, including International Living and Mark, her husband of 40 years, teaches English as a second language. They make frequent trips back to the States to see their two grown sons in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

If you would like an autographed copy of one of Connie's books, use the contact button on this website or check out the bookstore tab. Books will be mailed book rate to U.S. addresses only. Connie has written for Chicken Soup for the Soul Harvard Series with three stories in the Hope and Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey. Get your copy today!