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Breast Friends Cancer Support Network
55 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
The Imprtance of Connection During Cancer & Girls Nite Out
Why is it so important to connect with others who get it during and after cancer treatment? Often, there is a sense of isolation and loneliness at this time. Supportive friends and family may be around, but they may not know the right things to say or what to do. Breast Friends has developed a wonderful program we call Girls Nite Out. It serves to support sisterhood and we all need girlfriends! The monthly support groups are a time to share cancer journeys, interests and make new friends. Currently, three amazing women lead our Portland, Oregon area groups: Andrea Jarvis, Debbie Vuylsteke and Marianne McNally. They will be here to discuss why the GNO groups are so important in helping women move forward during and after cancer.
52 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
The Pink Hulk - One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within
The Pink Hulk, which debuted in 2016, is Valerie David's award-winning solo show about her journey to become a 3-time cancer survivor with plenty of humor—guaranteed. Having had Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Stage 2 breast cancer in the past, Valerie conquered a metastatic stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis, now with no evidence of disease, and she has added that to her show. Her show takes us through that journey and her resilience to fight back and kick cancer to the curb—you will laugh and you will cry at the same time. At the end of October, she was honored to put on 3 live shows in New York!
55 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Pink Phoenix -1st Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team in the US!
Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team is a non-profit group celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. Pink Phoenix is the first all breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in the United States. Jan Walker, President of the non-profit will be here to talk about how this team was created, why it is still so important that it is thriving after 25 years and the sense of community it gives it's members!
55 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
The Importance of Community and Resilience - Brilliantly.co
Join Kristen Carbone, Founder of Brilliantly.co and woman impacted by breast cancer, as she discusses her family history and decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy along with reconstruction. From this decision and the changes it caused in her life, she created Brilliantly.co, a collection of products, stories and experiences for woman impacted by breast cancer. Brilliantly's mission is to celebrate resilient women who are seeking community and believe they can be whole again after breast cancer. It's flagship product, Brilliantly Warm is a wearable product for those women with breast reconstruction who need to warm up that area! Other programs by Brilliantly include a free exercise program as well as guided meditation and a portrait project for those in the Rhode Island Area. We will talk also about the importance of community in moving back toward becoming whole again.
55 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Cancer Survivorship – Owning the Next Phase of Your Care
Treatment has been completed and your follow-up visit is scheduled 6 months out, or a year, or you are 5 years out and not scheduled a follow-up visit. Now what? Learn what to ask, what to demand, and how to navigate the NEXT phase of cancer: Cancer Survivorship. Leslie Heron, nurse, nurse practitioner, nurse coach, owner of The Green Labyrinth, providing education and support for those addressing grief, loss and burnout is here to help!
55 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Research + Impact: Diverse Experiences with Breast Cancer
Dr. Rachel Grob and her team interviewed 40 people from across the United States about their experiences with breast cancer, their interactions with healthcare, and how cancer is impacting their daily lives, identities, relationships, and much more. They then developed a resource to help share these stories. Today’s show dives into the research Rachel and her team are doing, what they heard from people about their experiences with breast cancer, and how the web-based resource they created can be useful for people with breast cancer, their family and friends, and other audiences. More information can be found here: https://www.healthexperiencesusa.org/Breast-Cancer/overview
57 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Join me as I welcome back Yvonne Nydigger to discuss all things Metastatic Breast Cancer. We will highlight the story of one of our Young Warriors, Pamela George, who was diagnosed metastatic at age 23. She describes herself as thriving and surviving and doing everything she can to kick cancer's ass every day! We will talk stats, #stageIVneedsmore and what we can do to help those we love who are fighting this horrible disease.
52 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Mama's Afro is a Soldier Too – A Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis Explained
Author and woman impacted by cancer, N.M. Charles discussed her book: “Mamas Afro is a Soldier Too – A Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis Explained.” The inner strength, drive, and determination of Mamas dealing with cancer are often unseen. That tenacity is much like a soldier going into battle. The Afro Soldier represents that drive. At the same time, it gives young children a visual understanding that Mama is going through a challenging period, but with the assistance of a fierce little warrior that is always by her side. N.M could not find a book to help her children while going through cancer treatment that represented her family, so she wrote one! Join us to learn more about it!
56 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Living with Lymphedema
Kristy Tervo, PT, CLT-LANA from Compass Oncology, will walk us through an informative hour all about lymphedema. What is lymphedema? What are the sign sand symptoms? What is a compression garment and what does it do? What is manual lymph drainage? And so much more!
55 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
The CARE Project - From Laughter and Lip Gloss to Support
Meet Carrie Madrid, a true rock star who chose to go through treatment with the mantra of “laughter and lip gloss!” She took her own cancer diagnosis and turned it into an organization to help others with support and financial resources, has co-authored a book called “Handle with Care” and hosts a podcast “Handle with CARE: Cancer & Beyond.”
55 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
The Art of Compassion – Difficult Conversations in Patient Care
Kelly Grosklags is here to discuss Dying Is Not Giving Up,” an award-winning documentary changing how we have difficult conversations in patient care. In this 35-minute film, a woman shares her experience from her terminal diagnosis to her final days, revealing simple and impactful opportunities for providers to add compassion and empathy to their practice. This poignant documentary features the story of Judy Erdahl, a 57-year old woman dying of breast cancer. Erdahl recounts her experience from diagnosis to her final days, sharing her insights with her end of life therapist Kelly Grosklags. Along with information from her friends, family and oncologist Dr. Paul Zander, we are challenged to rethink our approach to this critical conversation and patient care thereafter.
52 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Re-Entry into Life After COVID
Life has changed so much since early 2020 when we entered into a global pandemic. How do we handle the emotions of this and ease back into normal life when it is over? Dr. Shani Fox is here to discuss the challenges we have faced, especially those relating to cancer patients; the loss of physical and emotional connection, uncertainty of moving forward and the lessons we have learned. She will address the anxiety and possible dread for going back out in the world and the fear which accompanies it.
56 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Life After Breast Cancer - Part 3 of 3
Yvonne Nydigger joins to talk about life after cancer, breast or any kind. How does life go on when your body and your mind are forever changed? This 3 part series will lead us in ways to dip our toes back in the water of every day life, setting goals and making plans for your best future without letting the past rule your life. Part 3 of a 3 part series.
54 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Life After Breast Cancer - Part 2 of 3
Yvonne Nydigger joins to talk about life after cancer, breast or any kind. How does life go on when your body and your mind are forever changed? This 3 part series will lead us in ways to dip our toes back in the water of every day life, setting goals and making plans for your best future without letting the past rule your life. Part 2 of a 3 part series.
57 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Life After Breast Cancer - Part 1 of 3
Yvonne Nydigger joins to talk about life after cancer, breast or any kind. How does life go on when your body and your mind are forever changed? This 3 part series will lead us in ways to dip our toes back in the water of every day life, setting goals and making plans for your best future without letting the past rule your life. Part 1 of a 3 part series.
56 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Sex & Intimacy After Cancer
Join Michelle and Sex Educator Gretchen Leigh as they discuss what happens to many women's bodies after cancer treatment. How it can affect intimacy and sex on an emotional and physical level due to many things, lack of hormones, changes in our selves and body image. Then they will discuss how to move forward and light that spark again!
56 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Medical Cannabis - What Is it and How it Works
Join Holistic Specialist Krista Zweers of Nurish.Revive.Thrive Holistic Nutrition and Health, as she answers all of the confusing question about medical cannabis. What is it? How does it work with our bodies? What about all of those different letters, THC, CBD, CNB - what do they mean. What the heck are cannabinoids and terpenes? How do we get the best types for our conditions? Krista will give us the lowdown on all of it!
57 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Warrior Stories of Inspiration & Connection - Episode 1
Join Michelle Beck as she highlights other Warrior Women along their cancer journeys. Michelle Caplan joins as a live guest and then Michelle reads the stories of 3 other amazing women as they became Warriors. If you want to be a guest on the show or let Michelle read YOUR Warrior Story, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
54 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
How to Cope When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Cancer
Join Michelle Beck with her husband, Nate, and sister, Cassandra, as they discuss how they handled the two diagnosis of Michelle with breast cancer in 2012 and 2017. A diagnosis of cancer affects everyone in the household and family, not just the patient. What techniques did they use to get through this difficult process while at the same time supporting Michelle?
56 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Emotions and Trauma - How to Move Forward
Join Jill Anderson as she shares her expertise as a Trauma Recovery Coach. She talks about all of the emotions that go with trauma, what IS trauma, the difference between trauma with a capital T and a little t, the types of trauma and how to deal with specific situations such as the death of a loved one or a cancer diagnosis. She will talk about focusing on the present and the future rather than revisiting past events and how trauma-informed coaching starts from the point of acceptance that a trauma occurred and focuses on healing and learning how to move forward.
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