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Life Well-Lived with Regina Topelson
41 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
A Naturopathic Approach to Cancer Care with Dr. Lori Bouchard
What does a naturopathic approach to cancer care look like? Dr. Lori Bouchard shares her wisdom on healing through a naturopathic lens. She shares what she has learned through years of practice, which resulted in her writing two books about cancer. In this episode we're talking about the differences (and similarities) between Eastern and Western medicine, supplements, self-care and how lifestyle plays a role, why you need to be your own hero, and how to get better sleep. Show notes at www.reginatopelson.com/podcasts
55 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Making the Holidays Meaningful with Melissa Rosen
In this episode, I'm talking to two-time cancer survivor, Melissa Rosen, about how a cancer diagnosis can affect you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And how complete healing includes doing so in all four areas. That couldn't be more appropriate than during the holidays.The holidays can be stressful for so many reasons. Family relationships and interactions can be a challenge. And making the holidays meaningful when you're not feeling up to doing things the usual way can put pressure on you in ways you hadn't expected. Show notes at www.reginatopelson.com
55 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Reconstructing Life After Breast Cancer with Kim Harms
For my guest Kim Harms, relationships played a big role in reconstructing her life after breast cancer. The relationships with her husband, three boys, parents and inlaws, friends, and community were instrumental in her recovery process. We talked all about how to talk to your children about a cancer diagnosis, how to grow with your partner/spouse through the process, and how it can be a source of personal growth for you personally. We talked about Kim's newly released book, Life Reconstructed: Navigating the World of Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction. There are so many choices to be made in regard to how to navigate all the treatments available, including mastectomy and reconstruction. The choices are more than personal, they also come with expected and unexpected consequences.
24 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Life Lessons from Koby Gruenwald and Brody Huber
This Thanksgiving episode is a little different in that I couldn't interview my guests, though I have thought of them often this year. This episode is about the life lessons I learned from two boys who had a lot in common though they didn't know each other. Koby Gruenwald and Brody Huber had more in common than having a dog, love of music, and a sense of humor. They shared the same birthday! And unfortunately, the same diagnosis. I wanted to share their stories in the hope that we could all take something from the lessons they taught us and create a ripple effect in their memory. The lessons they left us are to love all, to be kind, to laugh (and make others do so too), to be a light unto others, and to illuminate our family, friends, and community with joy.These boys were truly a "light" unto those who knew them. The Koby Gruenwald Light in the Darkness Fund at Denver JDS has been set up to benefit families experiencing unexpected financial hardship. You can make a contribution online at https://www.denverjds.org/donate and choose Koby's Light in the Darkness Fund.The Brody Huber Foundation funds research for children's brain cancer. Donations can be made at https://www.brodyhuberfoundation.com/
47 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Clean Skincare Secrets with Brandy Searcy
Your skin is your largest organ and first line of defense against microbes. It also has its own microbiome separate from the microbiome in your digestive tract. In this episode we are talking about antioxidants and how they can help protect your skin, endocrine disruptors and how they can cause malfunction of systems, and how your skincare can effect your microbiome. Brandy also explains her three steps to nourishing and having your best skin and why it's so important to have clean products free from synthetic ingredients which can be toxins.And so much more!Show notes available at reginatopelson.com.
79 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Men Get Breast Cancer Too with Bill Harris
I always knew that men were one percent of diagnosed breast cancer cases each year, but I had never met one. And then there was Bill Harris. He opened my eyes to the struggles men face as they navigate a breast cancer diagnosis and I'm the wiser for it. Because of Bill I can do more to help both women and men. If you think it's hard as a woman going through this with all the resources, hoopla of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink-everything, think how lonely and isolating it is for men who most people aren't even aware are able to develop breast cancer. In this episode Bill shares his cancer story, why you should get genetic testing, and the importance of inclusivity when it comes to education about breast cancer.
44 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Winning the Day with Tim R. Tinnin
Tim could never understand why women love shoes so much and why we have so many pairs until his wife Angie explained to him that we could look like a virtual train wreck but putting on a pair of cute shoes made us feel better. Unfortunately, Tim lost Angie too soon, but her spirit lives on in the Red Slipper Warrior Project that Tim created in her name. And in Angiepalooza, concerts dedicated to raising money to serve women and girls going through cancer treatment.On October 22nd, Angiepalooza will have country music sensation, Phil Vassar performing in hopes of raising much-needed funding to serve this vulnerable community. Find out more at redslipperwarrior.com.
23 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Getting Strong After Cancer with Sherri Silverman Goldstein
There are things along our journey that teach us what who we are and what we need. For Sherri it was a moment of physical weakness that made her realize that she needed to regain the physical strength she had before her cancer diagnosis. What I love about Sherri and this episode is that she is an example that when you want to accomplish something and put your mind to it, anything is achievable. Who would've ever thought that a cancer survivor could also be a bodybuilder? But she did it! And I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about it a hundred times since she mentioned it to me. And truth be told, Sherri had some vulnerable experiences that taught her some things along the way. I don't believe in the saying "nothing ventured nothing lost". If you don't try you might miss out on some very key lessons that are meant just for you. Show notes at www.lifewell-lived.com.
53 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Regaining Strength After Illness
Recovering from an illness is hard work. In this episode I'm talking with Korin Sutton about being plant-based, being a vegan athlete, and how our habits, before and after the illness, can shape the recovery process. Of course we tackle the age-old question of where vegans get protein and how much is enough. Show notes at www.lifewell-lived.com/podcasts.
39 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Being a Caregiver with Stephanie Saffer
If you're a cancer survivor you know what it means to walk the walk, but there are loved ones walking with us, beside us, who see the experience from a different perspective - the caregivers. They are often forgotten, they bear the brunt of the hard emotions, and they feel fear and anxiety from the other side. In this episode we explore balancing being a partner and caretaker, attraction and intimacy, finding humor and joy, and learning to communicate.Not to be missed!
40 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Food Rules vs Food Values
Being in lock down and unable to travel has obscured the importance of paying attention to your food values. Two recent trips brought my food values front and center for me. I'm not a fan of food rules. I think people can get in trouble and develop disordered eating with food rules. "I eat this, not that. I can only eat this if..." mentality can really turn into a runaway train very quickly.I advocate instead to think about what makes you feel good. What doesn't cause you to worry or have anxiety while you're eating. You see, food is supposed to bring you joy and the experience should be a pleasurable one, preferably shared with others.In this episode, I explore some of the food values that came to light for me during my recent travels and how you can use my experiences as a way to jumpstart a conversation about what matters to you regarding food, health, and long-term wellness.
57 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Making Fearless Food Decisions with Cathy Leman
Many cancer survivors use food as a coping mechanism and something to control when everything else is out of control. But doing so only leads to fear, anxiety, and stress when trying to figure out what to eat. Many of us eat three times a day and feeling stress and anxiety when you're eating can steal your joy. In this episode, Registered Dietitian Cathy Leman gives us better ways to approach eating. We debunk the myths around soy, discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet, and answer the question of whether sugar causes cancer. We also talk about precision nutrition and how your own genes can inform what would be the best diet for you.
41 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Riding for Research with Bernie Gehris
Bernie Gehris is a father of three who lost his son to cancer. He learned about the Courage Classic benefiting Children's Hospital of Colorado from their family's pediatrician and has been riding it ever since! Through the 30+ years since the ride began, a dedicated team has arisen to fundraise specifically for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Now he has even more motivation to ride!Physical activity can be therapeutic and it certainly has been for myself, Bernie, and countless others. If you're interested in learning more about the Courage Classic go to couragetours.com to find out how to donate or register to ride.
69 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Healing Through Art with Nerissa Balland
You don't have to be a professional artist to reap the benefits of tapping into your creativity. Programs exist all over the country helping people cope with illness through art therapy. Nerissa Balland is no stranger to cancer, having first witnessed her grandmother go through breast cancer and then herself becoming a cancer patient later in life. She was finally able to use her formal art training background to heal herself. In addition to art therapy, Nerissa had a cancer coach who inspired her to become trained in Neurolinguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy which she now uses to help others heal from stress-related diseases like cancer.When Nerissa is not creating her unique art pieces, she is developing and facilitating art wellness workshops. If you're interested in tapping into your creative side, you can start small with coloring books, mandalas, or drawing. Or, you can go big with canvas, paint, and other materials. Either way, take the pressure off and just create to your heart's content!
50 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Write Your Life with April Stearns
This month I'm devoting the episodes to creativity. One of the silver linings of cancer is that many people find themselves rediscovering their passions. Writing, even if it's just for yourself, or to share your thoughts and stories with family and friends can be cathartic and healing. Others find their release and joy in painting, drawing, or creating other art. April gives some great prompts to start you thinking if the stories don't flow automatically. And at first, you may feel that you don't have much to say, but give yourself time and the words will come. Come what may, it's all okay. It's your process and your story, embrace it.If writing is not your jam their are many other forms of expression. Maybe some culinary classes, dancing, singing, photography, or whatever makes you feel alive expressing yourself. You don't have to create a masterpiece, it's enough just to create. Curious about Wildfire Magazine and the stories of other survivors? You can find more information here.If it's something you can do with others, even better! Build a community for yourself and others. If there are no pottery classes for cancer survivors start one!"Be the change you want to see in the world." ~ Mahatma GandhiAnd if you get stuck or need some help along the way, I'm happy to help!This episode is sponsored by my program, Wings of Hope, helping breast cancer survivors connect with and take a deep dive into the anti cancer lifestyle to help you make lasting changes for improved health and wellness. Find out more at:https://www.subscribepage.com/wings-of-hope. Find the show notes at www.lifewell-lived.com/podcasts/ or click here.Theme music "A Tropical" from Audio Jungle (introduction) and "Upbeat Party" by Scott Holmes via freemusicarchive.org.
54 minutes | May 27, 2021
The AntiCancer Lifestyle with Meg Hirshberg and Nancy Kane
The Anti Cancer Lifestyle started out as a book written by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, MD. It was one of the first books I read on my road to recovery. In this episode I speak with Meg Hirshberg and Nancy Kane, who founded and developed a program around the Anti Cancer Lifestyle Dr. Servan-Schreiber wrote about. How we live our lives can't guarantee that we will never get sick but it does impact our ability to stay well as long as possible. We talk about things related to living an anti cancer lifestyle, what makes this program important, and This episode is sponsored by my program, Wings of Hope, helping breast cancer survivors connect with and take a deep dive into the anti cancer lifestyle to help you make lasting changes for improved health and wellness. Find out more at:https://www.subscribepage.com/wings-of-hope. Theme music "A Tropical" from Audio Jungle (introduction) and "Upbeat Party" by Scott Holmes via freemusicarchive.org.
55 minutes | May 13, 2021
Advocating for Young Women with Courtney Shihabuddin
Young women represent 20% of breast cancer cases diagnosed each year. Yet the resources allocated to research and finding new therapies is lacking. Courtney Shihabuddin has dedicated herself to using her platform and her voice to advocating for young women to raise awareness and affect positive change.
45 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Lessons Learned from a Year of Podcasting
One of my favorite things to do is to interview people. I love hearing stories about their lives and learning from their experiences. This past year I started a podcast thinking I was going to be bringing cancer survivors' stories to life, but I've learned so much from their stories it has brought me so much joy that I feel like I have benefited more than what effort I have put in (and it was a lot of effort).To that point, it was one of my lessons learned this year, who benefits more, you or the person you're giving to? Ultimately, I think both people win, but as the old adage goes, it is better to give than to receive.
24 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
First Anniversary Episode!
Oh my goodness what a year it has been! As much as it dragged on in some ways, it also flew by in others. In the blink of an eye, my podcast turns one year old! To pay homage to all the beautiful ideas my guests brought to the show, I decided to compile the ones that stood out the most to me. In this episode, you'll hear some of my favorite moments including one that made me laugh with abandon. Just as laughter should be. Happy first birthday Life Well-Lived Podcast and many, many more!
46 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Estate Planning with Stephanie Freeman
One thing no one ever wants to think about is getting their legal affairs in order - creating wills, power of attorneys, medical directives, and the like. We want to live our lives, be healthy, and not think that anything bad could ever happen. Regardless, we should all have wills and advanced medical directives because anything can happen at any moment, not just some crazy illness out of left field. And that is definitely NOT the time to think about "legal stuff".Wills are not just for boat loads of money and minks either. They're for indicating who you want to take care of Fido and your most treasured sentimental items. And when done right, you have time to think about who you really want to be in it with you when the sky really does fall down. The beauty of the whole process is, you can do it with love, with confidence, as self-care, and as a gift to yourself and your loved ones, and give everyone some peace of mind.
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