Since 2010, breast cancer survivor Stacie Sisk (now Stacie Overman) has experienced career changes, guilt, new love, a second cancer scare, and a soon-to-air reality TV series.
She’s navigated the twists and turns in the same ways she always has – with a positive outlook, caring heart and visionary spirit. Arriving today at a place of peace, she feels she’s on the right track.
The video series featured on this blog brought to a close a chapter in Stacie’s life- the loss of her husband Hank to cancer and her own recovery from breast cancer. But her story doesn’t end there.
Hank’s predictions for Stacie
During Hank’s last days, he and Stacie had several late-night conversations. In these moments, Hank told Stacie what he guessed would transpire in her life after his passing. They included three things:
1. You’ll lose touch with my two girls, but they’ll come back to you and reconnect.
2. You’ll become a work-a-holic.
3. Someone will sweep you off your feet in two years and take care of you, so you don’t have to keep taking care of others.
All his predictions have come true.
From American Cancer Society to her talent agency
After working as a community relationship manager for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life for almost two years, fate offered Stacie an opportunity to return to her entertainment industry roots.
Interested in acting and modeling since her 20s, Stacie previously owned a talent agency with her late husband Hank. When Hank passed, she devoted all of her time to American Cancer Society, putting in 60 hours a week to coordinate Relay For Life events. While the work was rewarding, her dream was full-time commitment to her talent agency.
A second cancer scare
In early 2011 – nearly five years after having breast cancer – Stacie began to experience unusual abdominal pain. Her gynecologist saw signs of cancer in her uterus and immediately referred her back to Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, where she met with Dr. Audrey Garrett who advised her to have a hysterectomy that would save a single ovary.
“I love Dr. Garrett’s energy and her no-nonsense attitude, her knowledge and expertise,” Stacie says. “She told me she’d get it taken care of and made me feel less afraid.”
But it was a scary time, Stacie says. “I had my cry, but I tried not to panic before I needed to. I was actually more worried about taking time away from Relay For Life planning.”
Surgery went smoothly, and Dr. Andrew Monticelli, the medical oncologist who oversaw her breast cancer treatment, gave her the green light to move forward with her life.
Stacie meets Larry
A friend of Stacie’s introduced her to like-minded entrepreneur Larry Overman. When they met, Larry told her about an upcoming TV project based on the story of his gold mine in eastern Oregon. He wanted to leverage the opportunity to raise money for charity. Stacie was intrigued. And she felt a spark between them.
She left her job at American Cancer Society to re-establish her talent agency, changing the name from Moonlight Talent to TAKE 2.
Larry and Stacie began dating. At first, she struggled with the guilt of moving on after the loss of Hank, but his words echoed in her head.
“I envisioned Hank taking my hand and placing it in Larry’s, saying, ‘It’s OK,'” she says.
Larry asked Stacie to marry him in April 2012. They tied the knot on horseback five months later while on location in eastern Oregon, shooting the reality TV show Larry had envisioned.
Filming the reality TV show, “Ghost Mine”
While working with a Hollywood production company, Larry’s idea for the show “Ghost Mine” came to mind after sharing his stories of gold mining and ghost hunting in “Crescent mine” near Sumpter, Oregon.
When Syfy accepted the idea, Larry, Stacie and the filming crew moved to eastern Oregon for production of the show. The first season premieres Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. Watch Syfy trailers of the show, and visit the Facebook fanpage.
As co-owner of the mine, Stacie worked behind-the-scenes on the show, but also in front of the camera. Off- and on-set, she’s ventured into the purportedly haunted mine, clad in steel-toed boots and a “blinged-up” hardhat.
“I plucked a pick at the walls and held gold in my hands,” Stacie says. “I’ve learned it’s nothing I’d want to do for a living. It’s dirty!”
But Stacie thinks the show will open doors for more opportunities. She and Larry have several other TV show and movie ideas in mind.
Giving back and looking forward
Determined to continue supporting the fight against cancer, she and Larry attended American Cancer Society’s Portland Hope Ball last year. This year, they are working on an auction package for the event, which raises funds for Camp Ukandu, an ACS program for children with cancer.
Reason to believe
Hank seemed to know what was in store for Stacie long before she ever did. “Everything happens for a reason,” she says, and Hank knew that.