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The Cancer GamePlan | Where Inspiring Cancer Warriors Share Their Stories
41 minutes | Apr 15, 2015
Moving beyond cancer through mindfulness and gratitude | Debbie Woodbury | Ep. 29
Debbie knows we’re all survivors of something. Her “somethings,” include family dysfunction, being laid off, miscarriages, infertility, and breast cancer. Although it was surviving cancer that pushed her to stop thinking about writing and actually sit down to do it, resulting in her website, WhereWeGoNow, and two books! Now, Debbie’s moving beyond cancer and leaning into joy via yoga, mindfulness, gratitude, walking, relationships, and all the other “little things” that make life worth living. Debbie’s writing can also be found at Cure, The Huffington Post, and Positively Positive.
35 minutes | Apr 7, 2015
From denial to acceptance: lessons learned on a cancer journey | Jackie Ragasa | Ep. 28
Jackie was born and raised in Guam, survived her teen years in Orange County, and just recently graduated with a marketing degree from San Diego State University this past December. However Jackie’s college career was almost side-lined just one month into her first semester when she was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After learning of her diagnosis Jackie decided she wasn’t going to let cancer slow her down. So she began her treatments and continued on with her studies, and was even able to complete her first year of community college with a 4.0! Through everything she's been through Jackie was able to come away from her cancer experience with a greater understanding about herself and life.
38 minutes | Apr 1, 2015
Living out your wildest dreams with the power of hope | Teri Griege | Ep. 27
In 2009, Teri was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer and given a six percent chance of survival. Despite the devastating prognosis, Teri refused to let the disease get in the way of her dream of competing in The Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. In 2011, while still undergoing chemo, Teri crossed the Ironman finish line. Since then Teri has been on a mission to save lives and inspire hope. She recently published her book, Powered by Hope, in which she goes deeper into her story of love, loss and finding hope in the face of adversity. She also started a foundation called, Powered by Hope which provides hope and support to anyone undergoing cancer treatment through the presentation of a medal given to patients as a token to remind them of their personal resolve and that they are not alone.
25 minutes | Mar 25, 2015
Both sides of the bedside, from oncology nurse to cancer warrior | Christine Magnus-Moore | Ep. 26
Christine has worked in the nursing field for over twenty-five years, with more than fourteen of them in oncology. But aside from caring for cancer warriors Christine is also 12 year non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor herself. After Christine’s diagnosis she learned first hand just how difficult it is to be a cancer patient, experiencing exhaustion beyond belief, debilitating nausea and pain, and other side effects which were overwhelmingly more difficult than she’d ever imagined. Once in remission, Christine decided to document her journey in a book titled, Both Sides of the Bedside: From Oncology Nurse to Patient, an RN’s Journey with Cancer (now available on Amazon). Through everything she has been through, Christine not only gained a profound understanding of the suffering her patients endure, but that even in the darkest of times, the deepest grief and tears can produce the greatest strength and passion.
63 minutes | Mar 18, 2015
How one woman's dream is creating a better future for cancer warriors | Debbie Zelman | Ep. 25
In April 2008, when Debbie was just forty years old, her life changed dramatically when she learned she had stage IV (inoperable and incurable) stomach cancer, and would need chemotherapy for the rest of her life. Being that there were very few effective treatment options for her, Debbie began to educate herself about this disease and to seek the best available care. After a she began to respond to treatment, Debbie decided that she could make a difference in the treatment options for stomach cancer patients by using her education, experience, and contacts in the community, so in 2009 she started Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer to fund research, raise awareness, and provide information and assistance to stomach cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
59 minutes | Mar 11, 2015
How trials & tribulations led to deeper love & appreciation of life | Lauren Bourdon | Ep. 24
While busy building her life and pursuing her master's degree Lauren was suddenly sidelined when she learned she had Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Despite a year of failed TK Inhibitor treatments and a stem cell transplant Lauren learned a way to maintain her positive attitude and outlook. Throughout the many challenges Lauren has faced, she believes her journey has given her a deeper appreciation and love for her life.
49 minutes | Mar 4, 2015
From Clinical Pyschologist to Cancer Olympian | Robin McGee | Ep. 23
After years of inadequate medical attention, Robin who is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, was diagnosed with a late-stage colorectal cancer. Not long after her diagnosis she discovered that the best-practice chemotherapy was not available in her province. Determined to receive the best treatment there was, Robin reached out to her community using a blog entitled “Robin’s Cancer Olympics" and eventually successfully lobbied for the treatment to be covered. Since entering into remission, Robin has been very active in patient advocacy and has written a book called, The Cancer Olympics, which has received rave reviews, such as, "brilliant & powerful" and "a riveting read"!
42 minutes | Feb 25, 2015
Living life to the fullest with metastatic breast cancer | Jen Campisano | Ep. 22
When Jen was 32 years old, and her son just was five months old, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Never in her wildest dreams did this first time mom ever think she would be juggling chemotherapy and an infant! Luckily Jen had the support of amazing family and friends – and of course little Quinn – to help her see all the happiness she could still enjoy in her everyday life so she could live her life to the fullest.
34 minutes | Feb 18, 2015
A former marine's different kind of battle | Mike Sutton | Ep. 21
Almost 20 years ago – and only 1 year after getting married and moving his new bride halfway around the world to a new Marine Corps duty station in Hawaii – Mike was diagnosed with cancer after returning home from a 6 month deployment to Japan. Being thousands of miles away from friends and family, Mike and his wife Amy had to learn to cope with the demands of treatment all on their own. Luckily Mike’s determination, coupled with Amy’s devoted care got the young couple through those tough times.
56 minutes | Feb 11, 2015
From unthinkable tragedies to a happy new life | Tracey Gamer-Fanning | Ep. 20
Prior to 2006 Tracey was, as she puts it, “living the perfect American dream” in suburban Connecticut. Then, in the span of 90 days, Tracey was diagnosed with terminal Brain Cancer, woke up paralyzed, became a single un-insured mother of 2 very young kids, and then lost her beloved father in a tragic car crash just after dropping her and her kids off at home. Those 90 days changed her life forever! Fast forward to today and Tracey is an 8 year Brain Cancer Survivor/Thriver, and the President and Co-Founder of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance!
36 minutes | Feb 3, 2015
Tackling cancer and college with determination | Kristen Estima | Ep. 19
Being diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic thyroid cancer on her first day of university was the last thing Kristen expected. Despite being urged by her oncologist to postpone school, Kristen was determined to continue her studies while undergoing treatment. Despite all Kristen had to go through she was able to finish her degree and now dedicates her time to helping others eat well and live well by teaching the importance of diet to prevent and overcome severe illnesses, such as cancer.
20 minutes | Jan 28, 2015
Trusting your gut, no matter what | Anita Manley | Ep. 18
In 2000, right after she retired from her job as a public relations specialist Anita was diagnosed with Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. After a few weeks of crying she realized she had to fight this - and she did! Unfortunately last year at Anita's annual check up, the radiologist discovered a lump in her left breast, which her doctor told her not to worry about since the biopsy determined it was benign. However, something told Anita it wasn't. Thankfully she listened to her gut feeling and sought out a second opinion. It turned out not only was the lump HER2+ (an aggressive form of breast cancer) but there was another cancerous mass hiding behind the original lump!
42 minutes | Jan 21, 2015
Starting a fresh chapter in life through volunteering | Terri Wingham | Ep. 17
A breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 30 changed everything for Terri. Inspired by the isolation and depression she felt when treatment ended; Terri left her corporate job in 2011 and packed her bags for a volunteer trip in Africa. Since then, she has spent over 3 years living out of her suitcase so she could build A Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation. Terri loves helping other people impacted by cancer experience meaningful volunteer adventures at home and around the world. But Terri is so much more than that, she is also a daughter, sister, friend, travel junkie, global volunteer, wine lover, photographer and writer. Although cancer may be part of her story, it’s far from the whole story.
36 minutes | Jan 14, 2015
From Mesothelioma patient to a beacon of light | Heather Von St. James | Ep. 16
At the age of 36 - and only three months after giving birth to her only child, Lily Rose - Heather was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Upon learning of her life-altering diagnosis, Heather and her husband Cameron embarked upon a search to find the best mesothelioma treatment care available. Their search took them to Boston where Heather learned she was a candidate for a clinical trial utilizing an (at the time) experimental high-risk surgery -which thankfully worked!
41 minutes | Jan 7, 2015
The healing power of Art | Donn Angel Perez | Ep. 15
At 33 years old Donn Angel was busy building his architectural career and his family when he suddenly started experiencing severe dizziness, which quickly progressed to feeling horribly sick all over. Not long after he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Overnight everything changed, but Donn Angel was determined to remain positive, and found great comfort in his art and faith in God.
52 minutes | Dec 31, 2014
Battling cancer one stitch at a time | Vanessa Laven | Ep. 14
In 2010 when Vanessa was a 25 year-old newlywed, she was diagnosed with Large Diffuse B Cell Lymphoma. From that moment on, she decided she was going to love her body and the wonderful things it could do. Her mind, her heart and her immune system were all organs for survival. During her own experience with chemotherapy, she discovered two things that helped make the day easier: laughing, and knitting and crochet. So she decided to join the two and create Survival Organs – charming little crocheted organs that are just the right thing to perk someone up during chemo or to fling across the room in frustration!
73 minutes | Dec 24, 2014
Giving back through storytelling | Dan Duffy | Ep. 13
While working as a young DJ and producer, Dan started suffering from debilitating back pain, which turned out to be testicular cancer. His tumor had grown to the size of an NFL football and was pushing on his spine. Being the natural storyteller that he is, Dan used his journey with cancer to start the Half Fund to lift the veil on cancer through films, documentaries, books and music.
39 minutes | Dec 17, 2014
Dealing with cancer as a single woman | Diane Mapes | Ep. 12
In February of 2011 Diane's life was in full swing! She had recently lost 60 lbs. and was enjoying a new romantic relationship, when all of a sudden cancer happened. Subsequently, Diane found herself undergoing a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, as a single woman. However nothing, not even breast cancer could slow Diane down! Throughout her treatments Diane continued to pursue the things that made her happy and feel "normal", and used writing, exercise, and her amazing humor to keep her moving forward on her journey.
47 minutes | Dec 10, 2014
The Power of Positivity | Robert Bradford | Ep. 11
In battling both Ewing’s Sarcoma and Treatment-Related Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Robert discovered something life changing; the power of positivity. Robert believes the single most important weapon he had in his fight against cancer was his positive attitude. Even though Robert battled cancer for 3 long years, his positive outlook helped him look for new ways to practice happiness everyday - even with cancer! He even had a surprise wedding ceremony in the hospital!
40 minutes | Dec 3, 2014
Moving forward no matter how hard you're hit | Lori King-Lee | Ep. 10
Lori is no stranger when it comes to cancer. A breast cancer survivor herself, Lori has lost her father, aunt and 2 year-old son to cancer. After all this heartache Lori started the non-profit "Me Fine" in her son's honor.
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