Cristina Cozzone is the best-selling author of the international book When the Universe Whispered Hush which is helping children all over the world remember to “look for the good even when it may seem impossible”.
When Cristina was nine years old she was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) and needed a Bone Marrow Transplant. When she recovered, she felt it was important for kids, similar to herself, to have a book that explained what it was like to have cancer. As a result, her first children’s book, Me and My Marrow, was published in 1999 in multiple languages including Spanish and Japanese. It won the Health Information Award for Best Patient Education Book and the American Medical Writers Award for Patient Information in 2000.
Cristina has worked with children and their families for over 10 plus years as a nanny, teacher and strategic intervention coach. She believes that every child deserved to be loved, cared for, and taught in the way that meets their own personal needs. Cristina’s mission to help empower children to better understand the beauty and power in their own uniqueness.
What's Your Story?
My story is one of determination and resilience. At nine years old I was diagnosed with Leukemia and I quickly learned how strong children can be. I am so passionate about helping empower children today because the memories of that time in my life are so powerful. I know what it feels like to be a child experiencing an adult disease and still having some people treat me as “just a kid”.
My story gave me the awareness to know that every child deserves at the very less respect. I know I am successful at connecting with kids because I look at every child as a human first with incredible wisdom, strength and unique gifts.
My story made me the type of woman who will never stop going after what she wants no matter how many times she knock down!
What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
The toughest decision I ever had to make comes every day sometimes multiple times a day. It is the consistent decision to never give up on my dreams no matter how difficult it may seem to achieve them. It is the decision to take one step forward at a time.
What is the easiest decision you have ever made?
Saying “yes” when my husband asked me to marry him.
Who is your role model and why?
Audrey Hepburn. When I was sick I would wake up in the middle of the night. I found it difficult to fall asleep so I would come downstairs to distract my thoughts with old TV shows/movies- that is all that was on late at night back then. One night I woke up and was surprised my mom was also up. She was watching an Audrey Hepburn film. “Cristina, come here. I want you to see this… see this woman, she reminds me of you.” At that moment, I connected myself to her and later came to learn we had a lot of similarities. Audrey felt awkward in her body and so did I. We both had challenging childhoods and became very passionate about working with children. Her enormous heart, compassion and work with UNICEF is why.
What is your SUPER Power?
Super Strength to always keep going!
When have you been the most satisfied in your life?
I am always most satisfied when I am at a Tony Robbins event. It is best feeling giving to others and growing to be a better version of yourself!
What things do you not like to do?
The dishes! They are always there waiting! No matter how many times I have washed them before. ��
What is the most important thing about what you want to do?
It may sound silly but “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way” – Whitney Houston
Do you believe books can change the world?
Absolutely! I write my books hoping to be part of that change!
What is your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to live in gratitude daily. To write books that make a positive impact on the world, to coach children so that can grow up confident in their true uniqueness and share their personal gifts with the world, and to become a mother to my own child one day.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I wish that more people lead with kindness and understanding. I wish everyone could see how we are all beautifully unique and the world needs our personal gifts. We are meant to stand out and be different and yet underneath it all we are the same.
What do you prefer?
Beach or Mountains? Beach, I am a sun baby and being by the water is so calming to me!
Sweet or spicy? Sweet, but not too sweet. Spicy, but not too spicy.
Window or aisle? Window, I could stare out the window the whole flight.
Ice-Cream or Custard? Dairy-free Chocolate Coconut ice-cream
Dessert First or last? Whenever it feels right!
What Ripple Effect Would you start in the world and why?
The Ripple Effect I would start in the world is creating a better way of educating our youth because too many adults have come to me expressing unhappiness with their experience as a child in school. Some many adults, have to actively search for their truth and the answers to basic living needs. I believe we are always learning still children shouldn’t have to go to seminars as adults to learn about self-love, how to communicate with others, or even how to simply manage their money. Things these could be taught in “school” because it is these subjects that are actually necessary.