Award-winning producer and executive Barbara Valentine credits NuCalm with helping her overcome immense stress and anxiety after receiving a devastating cancer diagnosis.
The evidence has long been overwhelming that Hollywood is a world in which female producers, directors, writers, and actors face far more difficult challenges and hurdles than their male counterparts. Yet none of that has ever stopped Barbara Valentine. She has achieved great success as an award-winning producer, reporter, on-camera host, and multimedia executive. Despite the roadblocks she faced, especially early on in her multifaceted career, Barbara achieved all that she has with her “no quit” attitude.
“That determination, that little spark plug inside me, has really helped me to never give up. That’s always been my philosophy.”
In a career spanning 30 years, she has been nominated for an Emmy Award five times, winning the Emmy twice, while serving as an Executive Producer on hundreds of film, television, and digital media projects. In that time, her work has taken her all around the world while providing her services to many of today’s largest and most well-known entertainment, distribution, and manufacturing companies. Besides her determination, Barbara’s willingness to keep learning and reinventing herself has also been a hallmark of her success.
A Life Changing Diagnosis
Barbara’s own life was unexpectedly transformed when she learned she had developed breast cancer. “I got the diagnosis at a time when we were just getting ready to start production on a new project,” she says. “After receiving the diagnosis from the doctor, I just sat in my car and thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do now? I have so many people depending on me.'”
Rather than allowing herself to be overcome by despair and self-pity, Barbara has been able to marshal the same inner resources that have served her so well in her career. “I had a little cry, took a deep breath, put my shoulders back and turned my trust over to God,” she says.
In addition to determining her course of treatment with her doctors, Barbara realized she would also have to change how she oversaw her companies. “I had to take time-off to undergo Chemo treatment and medical procedures, but a little over a year-and-a-half later, I am feeling wonderful and strong enough to get back to work. Life has been a challenge since the diagnosis, but I feel that you only have two choices: you can dig a hole, climb in and wallow in self-pity, or put your boxing gloves on and come out fighting. I know what it’s like to be upset and angry when given such a diagnosis, but you can’t stay there. If you stay there, it’s like quicksand, it will pull you under. I chose to fight through it and with a great deal of faith, love and support of family, friends and colleagues, great doctors and a strong intestinal fortitude, I am doing great. It’s all been an incredible learning experience.”
“NuCalm has saved me.”
“When you are given a diagnosis of Stage 4 metastatic – triple positive breast cancer you get really anxious. You get anxiety attacks because you just don’t know what is going to happen to your life, your loved ones, your business, your home, your friends. In the beginning, I had a lot of fear and I thought I’d be letting everyone down. All sorts of thoughts go running through your mind. I know what fear is. Every woman that I have met at my support group is scared like hell, and righteously so, because your life changes and your family’s life changes with you”.
“NuCalm has helped me tremendously through my fears and anxiety attacks. After receiving the unexpected diagnosis, I was scared and didn’t know how I was going to cope. To overcome the anxiety attacks, I would take a prescribed anti-anxiety drug.”
When Barbara’s good friend, Patrick Netter told her about NuCalm and how it would help her through her cancer journey, Barbara’s initial reaction was, ‘it sounds too good to be true.’ Patrick loaned her his NuCalm for a couple weeks to try.”
Once Barbara used NuCalm, she realized that Patrick was right.
“The first time I used it I had a spiritual experience,” she reports. “I was listening to the audio tracks and suddenly I started dialing back to my childhood. Tears came to my eyes and I didn’t know why this was happening, but after a while, the experience became serenely peaceful. And then I wanted to experience more of it.”
Soon after, Barbara met Jim Poole, CEO of Solace Lifesciences, Inc, the company that created NuCalm. He provided her with her own NuCalm unit, and she has been using it regularly through her chemotherapy treatments ever since.
“NuCalm has been a real blessing in my life,” Barbara says, “even when I was administered my first chemo treatment, I was not accepting it well. You don’t know what to expect when you walk into the chemo lab for your first treatment. They are poking needles in you, while administering intravenous chemo drugs into your body, and you’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, how did I get here?’” During my first treatment, I became very sick and nauseous and they had to stop the intravenous transfusion. I asked the doctor if I could use my NuCalm that I brought with me and explained what it could do. Of course, everyone was curious about NuCalm and wondered what was going to happen. I used NuCalm for only 20 minutes and started to feel peaceful and anxiety-free. My anxiety meter went from a 10 to 0 in only 20 minutes. I was then able to successfully resume my treatment.”
The medical staff who witnessed the effect NuCalm had on Barbara during her first treatment wanted to know what it was.
“I told them that NuCalm provides a fully immersive experience that helps erase stress and anxiety by using neuroscience relaxation technology.” After her first experience using NuCalm during chemo, Barbara called Jim Poole to tell him how incredibly effective NuCalm has been for her. “I asked him what makes the product so incredible and he explained the years of science and technology that went into developing the product.
“NuCalm definitely lives up to its name. It creates a new kind of calm. I don’t know what I would do without it. It has such a wonderful, soothing, relaxing, calming effect. It’s something you can’t really explain. You have to experience it.”
Barbara has also found that NuCalm helps her in her work.
“When I have a major deadline to write a script, sometimes I am hit with writer’s block and that’s a scary thing to happen. I can sit at the computer for a long time and nothing creative will come. So many things are going on in my mind and I can’t think…then I start to panic knowing there’s a deadline to meet. That’s when NuCalm plays an important role. It stimulates brain wave functions that help me to achieve a deep level of calm. This allows me to think clearly and come up with fresh and unique ideas and gets me back into the creative flow.”
“I could never say thank you enough for NuCalm and to Jim Poole. If you have ever seen a really good movie, you can’t wait to tell someone about it. NuCalm is like that for me. I can’t wait to share what this great product can do for someone else. NuCalm has greatly helped me on my road to recovery. NuCalm has become a good friend that I rely on to keep me calm and less anxious.”