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Cancer Healing Journeys by ZenOnco.io & Love Heals Cancer
20 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Blood Cancer Caregiver : Anirudh Sarkar : Cancer Caregiver Stories
Anirudh Sarkar was a caregiver to her daughter Tanaya who was diagnosed with Leukemia. Initially, her symptoms were stomach aches, and she started getting anaemic. On further tests, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. She underwent six cycles of chemotherapy as a part of the treatment. Anirudh's advice to caregivers and survivor is," Do not panic. The medical system has developed well to face any challenge. There is always a solution."
45 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Germ Cell Tumor Survivor : Justin Sandler : Cancer Survivor Stories
Justin Sandler is a director, actor, drummer, writer, editor, and Germ cell tumor survivor (as of January 2018). He and his wife Mary Lou Sandler opened three cubed studios LLC in January 2011. A graduate of Indiana University, he has directed and produced cable TV in Chicago; wrote, directed, and produced commercials for ABC, FOX, and Telemundo in Palm Springs; and has been in Los Angeles working as a professional TV, film, and commercial actor, as well as a recording and touring musician. His film, “Welcome to Where You’ve Always Been” (writer, director, actor, editor, producer), appeared in 21 festivals (2016-2017), won 4 awards (including his award for Best Actor in a Leading Role), and will be distributed on Shorts TV (cable/satellite) and Amazon Prime beginning on April 3, 2018. Justin is the director, producer, writer, editor, and host for the upcoming documentary, “MANtimacy”, and the producer, co-director, co-writer, and editor for the forthcoming documentary, “Caregiving Cancer: The Silent Heroes.” He is also writing his book and developing a one-person stage show based on his journey; both called EMBRACEcancer LOVEcancer FREEcancer.
32 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Colorectal Cancer Caregiver : Neha Bhatnagar : Cancer Survivor Stories
Neha Bhatnagar was a caregiver to her father, who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016 and retired from the navy. Neha's father has seen so much while in the navy; what is there to fear. "The war was fought there, too; this war will also be fought." She says that it is vital to have an excellent medical team and family around you as your support system to win the battle against cancer. Willpower and diet are other factors that play an essential role in the healing journey. According to Neha, it is necessary to share your story with your close friends so that you do not feel alone in the journey of cancer.
31 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Lung Cancer Caregiver : Shriya Sood : Cancer Survivor Stories
Shriya Sood is a caregiver to her father, who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on 7 April 2021. She is 24 years old and a doctor by profession. He was a chronic smoker. We have to understand that we are on this journey, and being on the journey now, I can say that cancer is a disease just like any other disease. We have to change the mindset of people that cancer is not the end, it is curable, and people survive. She believes that a caregiver should create a positive environment around the patient.
20 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Breast Cancer Survivor : Martha Kyler : Cancer Survivor Stories
Martha was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 32. She initially noticed a lump on her breast without any symptoms. Though she ignored it at first, her husband asked to do further checks. On other tests, Breast cancer was diagnosed. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the same. She says Breast Cancer can happen at any age. It is important to note any initial symptoms or signs before progressing to later stages. "Self check is the key"
21 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Ovarian Cancer Survivor : Ashwini Purushothamam : Cancer Survivor Stories
Ashwini is the founder of Healthy Us- C2C, an upcoming author and Martial Arts (Karate and Taekwondo) practitioner. In 2017, She was diagnosed with Dysgerminoma (Ovarian cancer) when her daughter was one year old. Later after the treatment, she again gave birth to another kid in a year. Her journey is a roller coaster ride that helped her transform her mindset and build positivity in herself. Her vision is "To create a Cancer free world where every humankind leads a healthy, fit and fulfilled life where Cancer is just a zodiac sign." She was in an illusion and had a negative mindset for a few years after the treatment. Later, she transformed her life by changing her lifestyle, practising healthy foods habits, practising Martial Arts, and sleeping well. She started seeing life from a different angle by following some approaches. Then, she found the passion and purpose of her life one day: to inspire and motivate others. "I will not leave this earth until I transform the lives of survivors and spread awareness as much as possible." She mentors survivors in her unique style by combining healthy eating, mindfulness and holistic living, which will touch upon their lives and make them champions.
53 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Brain Cancer Survivor : Suhas Jadhav : Brain Cancer Survivor Stories
Suhas was born in Maharashtra, India and is a Brain Cancer survivor. He works as a Brain development coach and teacher at the ABACUS course. He had forgotten the memories during his 3rd brain surgery because of memory loss. But his parents, sister, relatives, and friends helped him recollect what had happened. He is blessed to have a supportive family and friends throughout his battle against cancer. He is also the author of "The Story of My Rebirth". His motive is to inspire and motivate all categories & types of cancer patients, their relatives, and beloved ones.
15 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Testicular Cancer Survivor : Thomas Cantley : Cancer Survivor Stories
Thomas is a globally recognized Testicular Cancer Advocate who Men's Health Magazine calls 'one of the most outspoken voices in the fight against testicular cancer'. He have traveled 8000 miles with his dog and giant 6ft testicle, lefty, across two countries educating, inspiring, and creating awareness..
21 minutes | Mar 26, 2022
Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer Survivor : Savio P Clemente : Cancer Survivor Stories
Savio P. Clemente was a health nut throughout his life, but suddenly, he started noticing his stomach getting distended and night sweats one day. On further tests, it was diagnosed as Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (DLBCL). He emerged from the battle victorious. He coaches cancer survivors to overcome the confusion & gain the clarity needed to get busy living in mind, body, & spirit. He is also a Board Certified Wellness Coach, syndicated columnist & the author of the #1 Best-selling book on Amazon, "I Survived Cancer and Here Is How I Did It: 35 Cancer Survivors Share Their Journey."
39 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Breast Cancer Survivor : Chrissy Lomax : Cancer Survivor Stories
Chrissy Lomax is a Polestar Pilates instructor, a personal trainer, a musician and a breast cancer survivor. Ironically, the drug she took to beat her cancer was the same one she raised money for through the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation/UCLA. In addition to her philanthropic work, Chrissy is a talented singer and songwriter. She has released several albums, including “2 Hands on the Wall” and “I’m Not Ashamed.” You can find out more about Chrissy and the projects she is working on by visiting her website: www.chrissylomax.com.
14 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Breast Cancer Survivor : Renuka : Cancer Survivor Stories
Renuka was diagnosed with triple-positive Breast Cancer in the year 2020. Initially, she had severe pain in one of her breasts. After further tests originally, there was no conclusion. Then she started noticing a discharge from her breast. She then consulted a cancer institute, and on other tests, it was diagnosed as Breast Cancer. She underwent 14 cycles of chemotherapy, lumpectomy and four weeks of radiation therapy as a part of the treatment. She had a supportive family and friends throughout her treatment. Renuka says," No matter how good or bad the situation is, be kind to yourself and your surroundings. Be thankful".
21 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Ovarian Cancer Survivor : Melanie Holscher : Cancer Survivor Stories
When business performance coach Melanie Holscher learned she had stage 4 ovarian cancer, it sounded more like a sentence than a diagnosis. And fighting the disease demanded more than she thought she could give. Waiting for doctors, waiting for test results and waiting to see how her body would respond to treatment. The uncertainty was terrifying, and her mind slipped into unfamiliar darkness. But Holscher was determined to fight back. Tapping into the same coaching techniques that helped thousands of business professionals, she ratcheted up her mental game. She prepared herself to overcome the most significant challenge she had ever faced. The result is Becoming Ovary Jones—a guidebook for developing your mental strength throughout your cancer battle and a message of hope: that mindset truly impacts outcomes. Melanie says, "challenge and expand your thoughts, along with concrete "Actionable Hopes"—every cancer fighter should bolster their courage and reclaim their healing mentality."
48 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Colorectal Cancer Survivor : Vanessa Ghigliotty : Cancer Survivor Stories
Vanessa Ghigliotty was just 28 years old when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. The trauma of having to tell her son, who was 11, is what inspired her to become an advocate for awareness. The first oncologist felt chemotherapy would not make that much difference. Her world crumbled to pieces. She sat in the cold hospital room, looking out a huge window at a catholic school and a cross, where a bird was so peacefully perched. It wasn't until the bird flew away that she realized what about her son!? "You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have".
18 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Breast Cancer Survivor : Tara Williamson : Cancer Survivor Stories
Tara Williamson is a nine-year Breast Cancer survivor, nurse, Internationally recognized certified Areola, 3D Nipple & Scar Camouflage tattoo artist. She founded Pink Ink Tattoo LLC in 2014, working alongside excellent plastic surgeons across the country. She is honoured to help post-mastectomy clients with a natural, realistic appearing Areola, 3D Nipple and share her specialized skills with her fellow breast cancer survivors, helping them feel whole again. Tara was featured on NPR Radio, ABC, CBS, NBC, and in Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, CEOMom Magazine, Wildfire Magazine, etc.
14 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Colorectal Cancer Survivor : Christopher Geal : Cancer Survivor Stories
Christopher Geal is a Colorectal Cancer survivor. He is also a mindset coach at Breakout Survivor and Leadership Coaching. Once his doctors told him point-blank that he had an advanced form of Cancer, it was a life or death situation. For many who have experienced Cancer, this is a difficult time–the uncertainty can be brutal and the emotional impact overwhelming. Running has always been part of his life, but never more than during Cancer, and certainly never more than after it. He would run the 10 kilometres to the hospital to have his Chemo and Radiation treatment a few times a week. Many would see a normal-looking runner on the outside. But, If they look closely, they can see the Chemo IV line over his shoulder and cleverly hidden inside his hydration pack. "Studies have shown aerobic exercise of any kind is one of the most effective interventions at managing fatigue after Cancer. It's all about mindset. I feel in control when I run like Cancer never had a chance and still doesn't. Now I coach survivors on how to harness that same mindset." The Rational Exercise Program (REP) is a component of the BREAKOUT METHOD, a coaching experience designed to help survivors break the cycle of low energy and fatigue. It enables survivors to get moving again. But it is the mindset that enables this and the mindset that flows from it; it is that simple.
23 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivor : German Lam : Cancer Survivor Stories
German Lam is an award-winning chef and a Nasopharyngeal cancer survivor. He graduated in 1986 from Newbury College with a degree in culinary arts and completed the prestigious American Culinary Federation Les Dames d’Escoffier apprenticeship program in 1990. His awards include 1989 Ritz-Carlton Hotel Employee of the Year, 1989 Boston food Show Gold Medal and 1999 Epicurean Club of Boston Junior Culinary Team Coach – Bronze Medal. German’s freestyle cooking and lifestyle philosophy gave him the tools he needed to survive cancer and survive the complex recovery process. It meant both unleashing his inner dragon and channelling Bruce Lee, “becoming like water.” German has set out to help and inspire others to find that balance, sharing his story and philosophy as an author, speaker, and coach. His venture Glam Foods, aims to illuminate the path to good living through eating right.
23 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
Stomach Cancer Survivor : Dr Jamal Dixon : Cancer Survivor Stories
Dr Jamal Dixon is an internal medicine physician based in Atlanta, GA. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and completed his medical residency at Grady Hospital via Morehouse School of Medicine. He is also a cancer survivor-thriver after being diagnosed with rare stomach cancer during the final year of residency in 2017. During his experience as a patient, he witnessed the blind spots present in healthcare regarding the wellbeing and support of familial caregivers. He also witnessed how the mental and emotional traumas that patients experience from diagnosis and treatment were under-acknowledged within the healthcare space.
12 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor : Parampreet Singh : Cancer Survivor Stories
Parampreet Singh was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 20 years while in his third year of college. His initial symptoms were a painless swelling on the neck, fatigue, coughing and night sweats. He underwent twelve chemotherapy sessions and fifteen cycles of radiation therapy as a part of the treatment. Parampreet says, " Stage 4 is not the end of cancer. The internet gives a lot of negativity regarding stage four cancer. Therefore it is important to provide necessary awareness, so people become more and more educated."
36 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Colorectal Cancer Survivor : Manish Mandiwal : Cancer Survivor Stories
Manish Mandiwal is a stage 3 colorectal cancer survivor. Initially, he had irregular bowel moments, which he did not take seriously. Later he noticed white mucous during bowel motion. He underwent surgery, 28 rounds of target radiotherapy, and oral chemotherapy as a part of the treatment. He was blessed to have a supportive family and friends throughout the treatment. He says, "Cancer stigma is still a predominant issue, but it is essential to provide awareness. Do not fall into the trap of so-called "Sympathy"."
24 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Breast Cancer Survivor : Gabrielle Ximena Barragan : Cancer Survivor Stories
Gabrielle noticed a lump while she had a shower one day. When she went for the regular mammogram, she brought this to the medical team's attention, and on further tests, it was diagnosed as Breast Cancer. She underwent chemotherapy, lumpectomy, sixteen cycles of radiation treatment and Herceptin injection as a part of the treatment. Cancer made Gabrielle empathetic, and she says it is essential to share your stories with other people as it can help them in one way or another on their journey. "Take each day as it comes."
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