Episode 77: Viki Zarkin on Being the Only One

In the year between two routine mammograms, an aggressive form of breast cancer had spread everywhere in author Viki Zarkin’s body. The prognosis was bad, but Viki KNEW that she would never give up. Now, 11 years later, she has an amazing story of self-advocacy and resilience to tell.

In this episode, Viki shares why her cancer journey has been vastly different, and how she brought her experiences together in her book “I Am the One” to help others who might be in similar situations. 

We’re exploring:

  • Why the old Viki died the day she received her prognosis
  • How researching & advocating for her health saved her life
  • Why fighting for the right team is CRUCIAL (and why she wants to alleviate this component for others)
  • The #1 thing she realized when she started writing her book “I Am the One”
  • All of the things you can learn from her book’s companion workshop
  • And much more!


Viki Zarkin is the only person alive with this aggressive form of Stage 4 metastatic cancer for over 11 years. She was diagnosed in her 40’s when her doctor first told her to go home and get her affairs in order. At the time, she had two small children at home and was running her husband’s dental practice. Viki spent the next several years fighting for her life, advocating for herself and navigating through the healthcare world, and following her gut.  Now, Viki is a beacon of hope as a national motivational speaker, coach, and author of I Am the One.  She inspires women to change the way we have been programmed to think and emphasizes the importance of starting with young women on how to believe in themselves, challenge the status quo, find their voices, and listen to their hearts.  Viki’s can-do attitude inspires people to think differently in their everyday lives; by applying her unique thought process, deals can be made in a boardroom just as easily as they can help people through their cancer battle.

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