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Get ready to laugh, cry, and find comfort in knowing you’re not alone in your cancer journey through Madison and Paige's interviews with young fighters and survivors. As 26 and 24 year old cancer survivors, they will take a personal deep dive into their guests’ experiences with their diagnoses and how they cope with the trauma that comes with hearing the C word, while also finding laughter through this crazy experience. Madison is an integrative nutrition health coach guiding young survivors to take control of their health again, while Paige is also studying to be a holistic nutrition coach!

Cancer Actually F***ing Suck‪s‬ Madison Pollack

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Get ready to laugh, cry, and find comfort in knowing you’re not alone in your cancer journey through Madison and Paige's interviews with young fighters and survivors. As 26 and 24 year old cancer survivors, they will take a personal deep dive into their guests’ experiences with their diagnoses and how they cope with the trauma that comes with hearing the C word, while also finding laughter through this crazy experience. Madison is an integrative nutrition health coach guiding young survivors to take control of their health again, while Paige is also studying to be a holistic nutrition coach!

    Episode 33: Lauren Tarpley - Breast Cancer Patient, Loss of Control & Racial Disparities in America's Healthcare System

    Episode 33: Lauren Tarpley - Breast Cancer Patient, Loss of Control & Racial Disparities in America's Healthcare System

    This week's guest will have you laughing the entire time! Lauren Tarpley is a current HER2+ Breast Cancer patient and at the time of recording with her, she had just finished chemo and was waiting to start immunotherapy and have a double mastectomy. We talk about how there are so many different types of breast cancer and endless choices to make with the disease, the "Previvor Movement," how cancer running in her family influenced her decisions, racial disparities in the American healthcare system and so much more. 

    Lauren is hilarious and honest, and really opens up about cancer taking everything from you and losing complete control of your health and life. She is also a fellow podcast host @lifewithlittleones.podcast and you can follow her journey on Instagram @typeaguidetocancer! 

    Follow us and keep up with our guests on Instagram and Facebook @canceractuallysuckspodcast 

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    Episode 32: Samantha Martin - Cervical Cancer, Importance of Women's Health & Advocating For Regular Check Ups

    Episode 32: Samantha Martin - Cervical Cancer, Importance of Women's Health & Advocating For Regular Check Ups

    On this week of Cancer Actually F***ing Sucks, Maddy is talking to Samantha Martin. Sam was diagnosed with cervical cancer at just 26 years old in 2020 and has been NED since November 2020. She was diagnosed after a routine check up and explains how important It is for women to advocate for their health and go to their gynecologist regularly. She also opens up about what It was like getting a hysterectomy at such a young age, deciding between freezing eggs or not, external and internal radiation, digestive issues during treatment and how dealing with depression and PTSD after treatment can be really difficult. Thank you Sam for being so open and real with us! 

    You can follow her on Instagram @samanthahaileyartistry

    Keep up with our guests and updates on Facebook and Instagram @canceractuallyfuckingsucks

    Follow Maddy for nutrition tips after cancer @cancersurvivor_nutritioncoach


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    • 46 min
    Episode 31: Chantal Firouz - Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma & Transformation Coach

    Episode 31: Chantal Firouz - Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma & Transformation Coach

    We’re talking to Chantal Firouz this week and we’re so excited!! Chantal was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in August 2020 and just recently finished chemo treatment a few weeks ago. She opens up about how she discovered the cancer, continuing to be active and move her body throughout treatment, how much more powerful she feels now than before cancer and cultivating a stronger relationship with herself throughout this experience.

    Chantal is also studying to be an NLP coach and is currently a practicing transformation coach, helping others to get rid of those limiting beliefs that we all have and guiding people on how our thoughts affect our behaviors and actions. She’s so passionate about helping others live their best lives and we loved hearing more about NLP.

    Follow and contact Chantal on her Instagram @chantalfirouz

    Keep up with our guests and episodes on Facebook and Instagram @canceractuallysuckspodcast


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 30: Kelly Pyle - Hodgkins Lymphoma & Cold Capping, How Hair is Part of Our Identity & Ways To Support Cancer Patients

    Episode 30: Kelly Pyle - Hodgkins Lymphoma & Cold Capping, How Hair is Part of Our Identity & Ways To Support Cancer Patients

    Episode 30 is out now!!! We can't believe we've already had 30 incredible guests on this show! This week you're hearing from Kelly Pyle, a fellow Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor. Kelly has had no evidence of disease since May 2020!

    She highlights how cold capping saved both her hair, confidence and identity throughout treatment and afterwards, and why our hair is more than "just hair." We chat about the logistics of cold capping, the company she used for It and why Paige and Maddy weren't able to.

    Kelly also talks to us about how her relationships and support system brought her so much light throughout this experience and why it's so important to have a strong support team around you if possible. 

    Follow Kelly on Instagram @kellypyle2011 

    Follow along with us and our guests on Facebook and Instagram @canceractuallysuckspodcast


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    • 45 min
    Episode 29: Vanessa Pettijohn - 2 Time Rhabodmyosarcoma & Limb Loss Survivor. Cancer As A Teenager & How It's Shaped Her Career

    Episode 29: Vanessa Pettijohn - 2 Time Rhabodmyosarcoma & Limb Loss Survivor. Cancer As A Teenager & How It's Shaped Her Career

    We’re speaking with Vanessa Pettjohn this week, a two time Rhabdomyosarcoma survivor, limb loss survivor and  a licensed clinical social worker providing emotional support to patients at an outpatient cancer center. Vanessa opens up about her experience getting diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer at just 15 years old, the recurrence she had at 17, losing her arm to the disease and how she recovered both physically and mentally.

    She also talks about how this experience has led her to the career she has now, being let down by the healthcare system after her amputation, getting her independence back and so much more. Vanessa is truly a bright light in this cancer community!

    Follow us to keep with our guests on Facebook and Instagram @canceractuallysuckspodcast

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    • 49 min
    Episode 28: Elodie Hekimian Brogan - Ovarian Cancer at 16 Years Old, Soon to Be Author & Helping Other Teens Through Cancer

    Episode 28: Elodie Hekimian Brogan - Ovarian Cancer at 16 Years Old, Soon to Be Author & Helping Other Teens Through Cancer

    We're speaking with 17 year old Elodie on this week's episode who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at just 16. Elodie has had no evidence of disease since May 2020 and she speaks with us about how she discovered the 2.5 pound tumor inside her, trying to do school and be a "normal" teenager while also being forced to think about her mortality, and how she went to TikTok to find support and other people that she could relate to. She also shares with us the inside scoop on the book she is writing and how the fact that there were no materials out there for a 16 year old cancer patient is driving her to publish something that other teenagers will be able to find comfort in. 

    Keep up with Elodie on Instagram and TikTok @pointytomatoe 

    Follow us to get updates each week on Instagram and Facebook @canceractuallysuckspodcast 


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    • 53 min

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I’ve LOVED all of these episodes. These ladies have been able to take something incredibly serious and add some lightness (which I believe we all need during tough times). Thank you for such an educational and inspirational podcast around cancer!

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