11 episodes

Black Cancer explores the cancer journeys of everyday people of color. Host Jodi-Ann Burey weaves a narrative about race, health, and life and helps listeners discover the wisdom trauma can bring. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jodi-ann-burey/support

Black Cancer Jodi-Ann Burey

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Black Cancer explores the cancer journeys of everyday people of color. Host Jodi-Ann Burey weaves a narrative about race, health, and life and helps listeners discover the wisdom trauma can bring. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jodi-ann-burey/support

    Am I Going to Die Today? (with Dr. Virtaj Singh, M.D.)

    Am I Going to Die Today? (with Dr. Virtaj Singh, M.D.)

    Welcome to Black Cancer. I’m creator and host, Jodi-Ann Burey. And this episode, well, I’m kinda the guest too? A little yes and no. Today’s guest is Dr. Virtaj Singh, M.D. He’s my physiatrist, who also has a sub specialty in pain. After two years in and out of doctor’s offices, I found myself in his, and a year later, he’s the one who ordered the MRI that found the tumor in my spine. This is the first episode of Black Cancer that’s about my own story. It’s also the first episode that does a really deep dive on a diagnosis journey. Mine. And I hope this can be an offering that finding a care provider that provides, well… care… is possible.
    Normally, when I title each episode, I use an illustrative phrase from one of our guests. But this time, the title, “Am I Going to Die Today?” came from me. In editing this episode, I realized how many times I looked to Dr. Singh to answer that question. I realized how many times I had to sincerely ask myself that question. Is the tumor going to kill me? Is the surgery going to kill me? Is this depression going to cause me to kill myself? Are the cops, when encountering a women crying about all these questions swarming her head, going to kill me first? Fearing for our bodies and our right to live seems to be the condition of Black life. And I am tired.
    How Dr. Singh has and continues to show up for me gives my mind a place to rest. He’s someone I can trust. Who - as you will see - says things straight. And who has my back. Get it? Spine joke.

    Here’s an overview of our conversation:

    How racism might have impacted Jodi-Ann’s path to diagnosis (9:01)

    What happened when Jodi-Ann stopped going to Dr. Singh’s clinic (24:43)

    How the healthcare industry needs to confront racism systemically (1:18:31)


    More about this episode:

    What’s a physiatrist?

    Cubital tunnel syndrome

    Thoracic outlet syndrome

    Electromyography (EMG)

    Jedi public health: Co-creating an identity-safe culture to promote health equity

    Hotel that kicked Jodi-Ann out for crying : Best Western Sandpoint Idaho (F them)


    Follow Black Cancer at blackcancer.co and on Instagram at @_black_cancer.  Learn more about creator and host Jodi-Ann Burey at jodiannburey.com.
    Transcripts will be available on the website a week after the episode airs.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    What We Do For Our Bodies (with Dr. Kavita Jackson, M.D.)

    What We Do For Our Bodies (with Dr. Kavita Jackson, M.D.)

    Our guest on today’s episode is Dr. Kavita Jackson - breast cancer warrior M.D. We talk about her experience from launching her career as an emergency room physician to facing Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - breast cancer. A mother of two small children, the daughter of immigrants from India. She draws on the strength of those who support her to navigate treatment and her relationship with her body. We work through understanding that our mind and our bodies - they’re fighting the same war. To heal ourselves.



    After the credits, stay on for a few more moments to listen to Dr. Jackson and I discuss cancer swag, the concept of corporate pink washing, and negotiating potential silver linings - if we can call them that - to our respective cancer journeys.



    Just a heads up. This conversation was recorded before the death of Dr. Susan Moore. The physician who, before she succumbed to COVID-19, posted videos online about the racism she experienced by the hospital team where she was being treated. I say this because we touch on a few topics in this conversation that we would have likely brought that up. We’re not NOT talking about it. When these conversations are recorded and when they’re posted may be achronological with current events.



    You can follow Dr. Kavita Jackson on Instagram at @drkavitajackson.



    Here’s an overview of our conversation:


    How our immigrant parents raise the bar for our possibilities (11:30)
    Dr. Jackson uncovers her fears about chemotherapy (22:22)
    Learning about what justice and equity look like in our bodies (53:34)



    Follow Black Cancer at blackcancer.co and on Instagram at @_black_cancer.  Learn more about creator and host Jodi-Ann Burey at jodiannburey.com.



    Transcripts will be available on the website a week after the episode airs. 


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Greatest Ode to Her Sacrifice (with Janice Omadeke)

    The Greatest Ode to Her Sacrifice (with Janice Omadeke)

    Welcome to the 2nd Season of Black Cancer! I’m creator and host, Jodi-Ann Burey. Before we get started, I just want to thank you so much for being here. Seriously. This podcast is about you. It’s about giving yourself the space to maybe see yourself and your own experiences in new ways. It’s about finding new language to support the people you love. It’s about creating new spaces of vulnerability for us as Black and brown people to be ourselves. Imagine. So thank you for taking the time to be you.



    Our guest on today’s show is Janice Omadeke, the Founder and CEO of The Mentor Method, who found herself accelerating her business and managing the grief of her mother’s passing to pancreatic cancer at the same time. In this episode, we talk about our duty as the children of immigrants to actualize more than what our parents dreamed of for our lives, how we at times must split ourselves to be strong, and arduous, but necessary processes of grief. Grief how it looks, feels, and sounds like to us. 



    Learn more:


    Janice’s company, The Mentor Method: https://www.thementormethod.com/

    Janice Omadeke’s TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_gRbvHntSw&feature=emb_logo

    Dorothy Norwood’s song, “Somebody Prayed for Me”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sq-3m0loKI


    Transcripts will be available soon at blackcancer.co.

    Learn more about Jodi-Ann at https://jodiannburey.com.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    I Can’t Be the Only One Who’s Going Through This (with Jared)

    I Can’t Be the Only One Who’s Going Through This (with Jared)

    In this episode of Black Cancer, Jared shares a story layered with multiple narratives one on top of the other. An unprecedented public health crisis, an unexpected cancer diagnosis and Jared’s father’s unwelcoming reaction to his engagement announcement to his long time partner. There are a lot of questions that just don’t have answers in how to make sense of it all. That’s because this is Jared’s life. In real time. 

    Oftentimes, survivors and “the survived” talk about cancer in the present tense because its impacts are always with us. But Jared’s story is happening now. His father’s battle with brain cancer is happening now. These unanswered questions, at the time of this recording, remain unanswered now. So why share it? Because we know there are a lot of people out there whose cancer journeys are just beginning and unfolding now. We want you to know that you are not alone. 



    Post Show: Message from Jodi-Ann about the end of Season 1 of Black Cancer 



    This episode was created during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for Black lives.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Malignancy of Both (with Frantz Berthaud)

    The Malignancy of Both (with Frantz Berthaud)

    In this episode of Black Cancer, Frantz Berthaud, whose professional life as an Administrative Director at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and personal life collide.

    This episode is titled “The Malignancy of Both” because Frantz and I discuss the malignancy of racism and what our world could look like if we attacked it with the level of rigor we do cancer. We also talk about his journey with his sister’s triple negative breast cancer, its malignancy, and the tools his sister sent for him to change the course of cancer for other women of color like her. Just like all the other episodes this season, we recorded this interview during the COVID-19 pandemic. This becomes our entry point into talking about racism in the workplace and in our healthcare system.

    Here are Frantz’s listener recommendations:

    Something to read:


    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Breath_Becomes_Air


    Something to listen to:


    Recordings from and songs enjoyed by your loved ones
    I’m There Too by Michelle Featherstone | https://open.spotify.com/track/1qSDPZ2Xt6jfph4nmIgLJ0?si=_vRUFJPQT3azFk1l9WQp6A


    Someone to know: 


    Bernard Tyson | https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/business/bernard-j-tyson-dead.html


    Bonus Links


    Artist Who Did His Sister’s Portrait | https://instagram.com/artmandosilva?igshid=d1tinakekg2a
    Ibram X. Kendi's books | https://www.ibramxkendi.com/
    Ibram X. Kendi’s article on cancer diagnosis | https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/01/ibram-x-kendi-what-i-learned-cancer/579928/
    More on Triple Negative Breast Cancer | https://www.dana-farber.org/health-library/articles/triple-negative-breast-cancer/
    Jodi-Ann Burey and TedxSeattle | https://tedxseattle.com/speakers/jodi-ann-burey/



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    • 1 hr 27 min
    She Wasn't By Herself (with Erin Douglas)

    She Wasn't By Herself (with Erin Douglas)

    In this episode, photographer Erin Douglas shares a perspective we don’t often get to hear from when it comes to cancer narratives: the caregiver. Specifically, the family member who re-prioritizes their lives so that they can put the needs of their loved one first. That’s what Erin did for her mother, who is recovering from a recent, second instance of cancer. Between living at the hospital and staying by her side at home, Erin hadn’t slept in her own bed for six months.

    There is one thing Erin did keep going during her stay at the hospital: The Black Burner Project. Check out Erin’s Burning Man photography on Instagram and do yourself a favor -  look up her feature about her work in Essence Magazine.



    Black Burner Project:


    Erin’s website: https://www.erin-sha.com/

    The Black Burner Project: https://www.blackburnerproject.com/

    Black Burner Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/blackburnerproject/

    Essence magazine feature, How I Found My Tribe and My Freedom at Burning: https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/travel/black-burning-man-project/


    Here are Erin’s listener recommendations:


    Something to read -- The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alchemist_(novel)

    Someone to know -- Yourself! Do that inner work. :)

    Something/one to listen to -- Jodi-Ann Burey - https://jodiannburey.com/ and Robin Arzon - https://www.robinarzon.com/ and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t8nnV8lR5c



    Post Show Goodies: No post show this week!



    The full transcript will be posted SOON on blackcancer.co.


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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

winwetz ,

So important

Thank you so much for these moving and informative episodes. Important and deeply needed. I hope White oncologists all over the country listen to this.

ginabythesea ,

The Stories We All Need to Hear

I’m blown away by the impact of these interviews. Jodi-Ann is a superb host who guides every conversation into moments of levity and laughter without shying away from the weight of these often devastating stories (including disability, death, racism, etc).

At the end of every episode I felt my heart and mind expand, and was surprised by the ways I connected with aspects of every guest’s story. They are all remarkably unique and yet relatable at the same time. I’m already looking forward to season 2!

Justeryn ,

The truth everyone needs to hear

Whether you are a caregiver, someone with cancer, a survivor, or someone who wants to be informed about the struggles of dealing with Cancer in America’s healthcare system and as BIPOC, you need to listen to this podcast. These stories are raw and deep and need to be listened to and shared. These stories are told from all points of view within the cancer journey and everyone can get something out of listening.

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