Surviving Stage 4 Cancer For 11 Years With Viki Zarkin

Viki Zarkin is the only person alive with an aggressive form of Stage 4 metastatic cancer for over 11 years. She was diagnosed in her 40’s and 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 they 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.

What Life was like Pre-Cancer

I was a mom doing mom stuff while working alongside my husband’s dentist practice. At the time, I was doing things that I really enjoyed as a mom and a wife and it was a good life.

The Cancer Diagnosis

I knew nothing about cancer, I didn’t do yoga, I had never meditated before. No one in my family had cancer. My life hadn’t been touched by cancer up to that point at all and I had no clue what was going on.

I just knew that I could buy myself some time while trying chemotherapy, to hit the ground running. I was going to research, figure out what it was that I had and I was going to find a way out. There was one thing that I knew for sure. There was nobody that was going to raise my children but me and that was that.

From that point forward I never said,”God, why me?” I always looked forward to see how I could fix it because I knew I was in a bit of a pickle.

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Trust Your Instincts 

This was life or death instinct. This was, “I’m going to die if I don’t figure this out because no one else is going to figure it out for me.” That’s when you have to A) Advocate for yourself and B) Follow your gut. It wasn’t always easy to follow my gut because my gut was telling me to do something that all the professionals weren’t saying to do. They were saying opposite of what I was thinking.

What they were offering me was not life and I wanted life. They were offering me something temporary.


I’m the only with my specific type of cancer who is alive today for this long so that tells you something. This is not something you just survive. 

What Viki’s Health is like Today 

I’m on chemo for life which can take a toll on your body and I deal with pain everyday. There’s not a lot you can do about pain.

You can either waste your day away complaining about it and wallowing in your own suffering or you can choose to say, “Okay, well this hurts but it’s not going to go away. I might be hurting but I don’t want to waste my day.

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How Important Attitude Is

When I started writing my book at my 10 year mark, I hadn’t realized that I never looked back. I had no idea what I had done to get to that 10 year mark.

The book was not only a healing thing for me but it was excruciating difficult. I had to relive moments and walk through my loved ones’ shoes and see what they had to go through.

I had made a promise to God that if I can raise my children, then I would help women and that is what I plan to do. I have better things to do with my life than wallow in my discomfort.

What Viki Has Learned Regarding Battling Cancer Alongside her Loved Ones

When you go to treatment you have to have the positive attitude. People die because this is an enormous amount of stress to go under before you even enter treatment.

Do I have the right doctor, is this the right plan for me, and all your family members are telling you 15 different things. How do you harness that and follow what you think is best?

I teach all of that in my course called “There’s more to cancer than the diagnosis” that coincides with my book.

How to Deal with Having a Loved One Who Has Cancer

First off, I think you need to let the patient take the lead. There’s a lot of sensitivities going on. I was battling so fiercely the first 2 years that I wasn’t really present.

If they don’t for something, don’t overly give it because they are just trying to fight their fight.

It’s not about you, it’s about them so read the room and figure out what works best for them.

Websites Mentioned

I Am the One

“I Am the One” Book on Amazon

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